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Even the Women Must Fight : Memories of War from North Vietnam

Even the Women Must Fight : Memories of War from North Vietnam - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471327233

Cover of Even the Women Must Fight : Memories of War from North Vietnam 98 (ISBN 978-0471327233)
ISBN13: 978-0471327233
ISBN10: 0471327239
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No

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Even the Women Must Fight : Memories of War from North Vietnam - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471327233

Karen Gottschang Turner and Phan Thanh Hao

ISBN13: 978-0471327233
ISBN10: 0471327239
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

A searing account of Vietnamese women's wartime experiences probes the cultural legacies of the American war.

The standard history of North Vietnam's war with the United States is informed, on both sides, almost exclusively by the accounts of men. The familiar portrait of the Vietnamese woman as passive onlooker--war bride, prostitute, or helpless refugee--dominates the scholarship, films, and novels on the subject; nowhere have we seen evidence of women's active roles in the war that has defined both 20th-century America and Vietnam. This book provides the first portrait of the "fighting women" of Vietnam who emerged from a long historical and mythical tradition of the "woman warrior." Through Vietnamese oral history, private writings, literature, and military accounts, Karen G. Turner explores the crucial role North Vietnamese women played as valiant soldiers, the personal sacrifice they suffered, and the enduring political and social influence their war roles have come to exert on their lives.

A searing chronicle of wartime experiences, Even the Women Must Fight probes the cultural legacy of North Vietnam's American War. Unflinching in its portrayal of hardship, valor, and personal sacrifice, this wrenching account is nothing short of a revelation, banishing in one bold stroke the familiar image of Vietnamese women as passive onlookers, war brides, prostitutes, or helpless refugees.

Author Bio

Turner, Karen G. : Holy Cross College

Karen G. Turner Ph.D. (Worcester, Massachusetts) is an associate professor of East Asian History at Holy Cross College and a senior research fellow at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.


Hao, Phan Thanh :

Phan Thanh Hao (Hanoi, Vietnam) is a journalist, writer, and former diplomat.

Table of Contents

MESSAGES.

Through a Hairnet: Mothers, Warriors, and the Nation.

War's People: Through a Woman's Lens.

Broken Promises: The Lives of a Militiawoman.

MEMORIES.

A Bombshell for a Vase: Leaving Home to Save Home.

Shovels, Hoes, and Guns: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Only Soldiers: Women and Men in War.

Only Women: Maternal Soldiers.

Picking Up the Pieces: Going Home.

MEANINGS.

A Rice Meal Without Rice: The Costs of War.

Epilogue: Women's Worries.

Notes.

Materials Consulted and Suggestions for Further Reading.

Index.

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