"In the years that followed the fall of Saigon in April 1975, thousands of South Vietnamese fled their homes to escape the brutal Communist regime. Many set sail in rickety boats for the South China Sea, where they faced constant, unimaginable peril. Many died and those who survived often found new horrors awaiting in refugee camps. Finally, they struggled against daunting barriers of culture and language as they settled into new countries, far from their native land." "In this book are the personal stories of nineteen who survived. Their stark and moving narratives constitute an unforgettable chapter of human history."--Jacket.
Simple map, small compass, three flashlights / Ai-Van Do The miracle of the whirlpool / Hung Lang Stranger in the rice field, whale in the sea / Minh Nguyen Gold rings and jeans / Lan Nguyen If I die, will anybody know? / Duyen Nguyen Our Lady of the Boat / Ha Nguyen The Norwegian protector / Suzanne Tran Cheang Drowning the boat / Hung Truong Out of San Diego and into Saigon / Be Van Vo Vung Tau, Pulau Bidong, and Bataan / Binh Le Hainan, Hong Kong, and Tuen Mun Camp / Chau Nguyen Flight from Classification 13 / Phung Le I'd rather die in the sea / Anton Vo Coffee shop from two spoons / Hung Nguyen Coolie in America / Nhan T. Le To the land of snow / Hien Trong Nguyen My name is William, but call me Bill / Nhut W. Huynh Live free or die / Khon Luu Return to Leam Sing Camp / Jade Quang Huynh.