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Fifty years after the Vietnam War, this anthology by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees—American, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Diaspora, Hmong, Australian, and others—confronts war and its aftermath. What emerges is an affecting portrait of the effects of war and family—an intercultural, generational dialogue on silence, memory, landscape, imagination, Agent Orange, di ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton Company
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Lydia
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the most important collections of Southeast Asian storytelling ever compiled, revealing more truth than what you would typically find in a history textbook. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to truly understand the ramifications and generational impact the Vietnam War had, and the subsequent reconciliation of its aftereffects. It's much more comprehensive in nature, much more likely to bridge the gap between our understanding of humanity and what lies across the cultural ...more
BMR, LCSW
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway earlier this year.

This book is a compelling collection of essays, poetry, and prose in reaction to Vietnam (incl. US involvement in Cambodia and Laos), and its ongoing fallout. I learned quite a bit, including that Australians were also fighting and dying in Vietnam.

I preferred the essays to the prose, but that's simply my literary preference. The same reason why I am not a fan of short stories: I always want to know more.

Recommended for anyone whose life
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David
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: asian-lit
This was an interesting, but disappointing book. I had read many of the stories and poems before and was looking forward to a wider range of stories and poems. The title is a bit misleading, the Vietnam Veterans are actually USA veterans of the Vietnam war and not Vietnam Veterans, the book also lacks a rounding of the story by omitting, I can only believe for reasons that the editor can explain, any stories and poems by actual Vietnam Veterans or the Vietnamese, north and south, that remain in ...more
Will
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed many essays and poems in this collection. It helps that some of my favorite poets writing today are Vietnamese American (Hieu Minh Nguyen, Paul Tran, & Ocean Vuong). That being said, the personal essays included in this anthology really blew me away. It contains many thoughtful reflections about the legacies of war in a family. It is definitely worth picking up and skimming through!
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