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Sacred Willow : Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

Sacred Willow : Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195137873

Cover of Sacred Willow : Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family 99 (ISBN 978-0195137873)
ISBN13: 978-0195137873
ISBN10: 0195137876
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Sacred Willow : Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195137873

Duong Van Mai Elliott

ISBN13: 978-0195137873
ISBN10: 0195137876
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Duong Van Mai Elliott's The Sacred Willow, an extraordinary narrative woven from the lives of four generations of her own family, illuminates fascinating--and until now unexplored--strands of Vietnamese history. Beginning with her great-grandfather and continuing to the present, Mai Elliott traces her family's journey through a long era of tumultuous change. She tells of childhood hours in her grandmother's silk shop--and of hiding while French troops torched her village. She reveals the agonizing choices that split Vietnamese families: her eldest sister left their staunchly anti-communist home to join the Viet Minh and then spent months sleeping with her infant son in jungle camps, fearing air raids by day and tigers by night. And she follows several family members through the last, desperate hours of the fall of Saigon--including one nephew who tried to escape by grabbing the skid of a departing American helicopter.

Based on family papers, interviews, and much other research, this is not simply an unforgettable family saga--it's a record of how the Vietnamese have experienced their times. Often haunting, often heartbreaking, and always mesmerizing, this book will forever change how we view the history of Vietnam and our own role in it.

Author Bio

Elliott, Duong Van Mai :

Duong Van Mai Elliott was born and raised in Vietnam and attended Georgetown University on a scholarship. She lived in Vietnam again from 1963 to 1968 and worked for the Rand Corporation interviewing Viet Cong prisoners of war. She returned to the U.S. in 1968 and now lives in California.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Maps
Family Tree

1. A Burial in the Night
2. Shut Gate and High Walls
3. The Silk Merchant
4. French Veneer, Confucian Soul
5. Taxes, Floods, and Robbers
6. The Third Month in the Year of the Famine
7. The Head on the Roof
8. Into the Resistance Zone
9. Poison and Bribes
10. The Fall of a Border Garrison
11. Sifting Through the Rubble
12. The New Mecca
13. Just Cause
14. Short Peace, Long War
15. Flying Into the Unknown
16. The Spoils of Victory
17. The Hours of Gold and Jade

Epilogue: Across the Four Seas
Bibliography
Index

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