Surviving Twice is the story of five Vietnamese Amerasians born during the Vietnam War to American soldiers and Vietnamese mothers. Unfortunately, they were not among the few thousand Amerasian children who came to the United States before the war's end and grew up as Americans, speaking English and attending American schools. Instead, this group of Amerasians faced much more formidable obstacles, both in Vietnam and in their new home.
Surviving Twice raises significant questions about how mixed-race children born of wars and occupations are treated and the ways in which the shifting laws, policies, social attitudes, and bureaucratic red tape of two nations affect them their entire lives.
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Trin Yarborough works on the news desk of The Daily Journal, which serves the California legal community. First involved in Southeast Asian issues as communications director and editor for the Institute for Policy Studies, she later served as director of communications for Oxfam America, one of the few agencies then sending humanitarian aid to Vietnam. Living in Los Angeles, thirty miles from the largest Vietnamese community outside Vietnam, Yarborough remains active in Southeast Asian issues.
Trin Yarborough s remarkable book reminds us that no matter how great our effort, we Americans cannot simply put Vietnam behind us. Of all the victims of that misbegotten war, the Vietnamese Amerasians may be the most deserving of our attention. I d ask that as you read their fascinating stories, you remember national debts that remain unpaid.
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