Some Left... but Many Stayed Behind
Pam Scott tells the stories of
Vietnamese women at home and abroad. This memorable collection traces the
lives of eighteen Vietnamese women who lived through the Vietnam War.
Eight, who left Vietnam as refugees after the end of the war, tell about
leaving their homeland and coming to Australia. Others recount what is was
like to stay behind in a divided and war-torn country.
Three women tell how
they left as refugees but recently returned to Vietnam to live. All were
children or young women during the war and came from various geographic
regions within Vietnam, different socio-economic groups, and had varying
education levels. All have touching stories.Tragic, funny,
Stories of women's lives often get lost to
history, especially during wartime when men's heroic deeds are being
recorded. The vital role of so-called 'ordinary' women who hold together the
fabric of the society and nurture the next generation is often unrecorded.
Vietnamese women were rarely free agents in choosing to stay or leave their
country - they followed their fathers or their husbands as dutiful daughters
Whether they braved the open seas and pirates, or stayed
and suffered the disruption of war and its aftermath, they worked hard to
build a better life for their family's future. All suffered hardship and
loss. Yet their stories are uplifting. (157 pp.) PDF only.
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Meet the author:
has been a pharmacist, university lecturer and researcher,
international consultant, science and technology policy analyst,
businesswoman and bookshop owner. She lived and worked in Vietnam for more
than a decade and travelled widely in SE Asia. In 2009, she was awarded an
Asialink Literature Residency in Vietnam. She has travelled extensively in
Vietnam, Myanmar and other South East Asian countries. Her eBooks, exclusive
to Buzzword Books, are listed here.