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Standing Up After Saigon: The Triumphant Story of Hope, Determination, and Reinvention

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Contracting polio at age two and falling victim to the oppressive regime that overtook Saigon after its fall in the Vietnam War, Thuhang Tran has lead anything but an easy, ordinary life. Her father Chinh was lost to her and her family in the evacuations from Saigon, and for fifteen long years they remained separated, but desperate to reunite. Thuhang's memoir delves into ...more
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Published May 1st 2018 by Brown Books Publishing
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Kunle Babalola
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and emotional narration of one person’s journey through a time of war, separation, trials and self-examination that ends with and emphasizes the importance of family, hope, perseverance and love. No matter our chosen profession, where we live or the times we live in, family, hope, perseverance and love are indispensable. Thuhang, thanks for telling your story; you inspire us. Sharon, thanks for telling the story; you encourage us.
Jules Gianneschi
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives of both daughter and father as they describe the families journey to eventual reunification after fifteen years. The life lessons that are shared; hope, resilience, love, drew me into the story.

Growing up we had a family at our church who traveled a similar journey. I remember clearly their early days and the community support that was shared, their father also had a smile on his face and kind word for all. Many of us will never encounter even a fra
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Deborah
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know those types of books that you can't stop reading? The ones that you stay up late at night to read because each page leaves you on the edge of your seat, eager to find out what happens next? The type that gives you chills in the best way? This is one of those books. Thuhang Tran faced many tribulations in her life, but despite these tribulations, she was able to overcome them with her determination and courage. I cannot imagine what I would do if I were in her situation, and thus, I am m ...more
Karen Linton
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the story of Chinh and Thuhang, my sweet neighbors across the street. I’d heard a bit of Chinh’s story before, but never any of Thuhang’s; the two together are powerful and amazing. I already knew they were wonderful friends and neighbors, now I know their hearts and, man, all the tears! No one warned me!

Seriously, this story needed to be told. It should be required reading right now. Beautiful words, Thuhang. ❤️❤️❤️
Sam
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing and impactful story about Thuhang and her father Chinh and the rest of their family. If you were planning to read only one more book this year (and how sad that would be), then this should be that book. I’m especially blessed by this book because Thuhang and Chinh were my neighbors until recently, so I knew some of the story already.
Shirley Williams
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
An amazing story of strength and perseverance of a girl who is crippled from polio who survived the fall of Saigon. An easy compelling read about how the girl and family continue to have hope in spite of many obstacles
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