Our library presently has the following books:
         1. THE MAYFLOWERS OF 1975 by Chat V. Dang, Hien V. Ho, Nghia M. Vo, An T. Trong, Capdeville R. Anne
         2. THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE by Nghia M. Vo
         3. THE BAMBOO GULAG by Nghia M. Vo
         4. THE TRUNG SISTERS by Nghia M. Vo
         5. REMEMBERING SAIGON by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V. Dang, Hien V. Ho, Thuy T. Nguyen (SACEI Forum 1).
         6. THE SORROWS OF WAR AND PEACE by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V. Dang, Hien V. Ho (SACEI Forum 2).
         7. The WOMEN OF VIETNAM by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V.Dang, Hien V. Ho (SACEI Forum 3).
         8. The MEN OF VIETNAM by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V.Dang, Hien V. Ho (SACEI Forum 4).
         9. THE LANDS OF FREEDOM by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V.Dang, Hien V. Ho (SACEI Forum 5).
         10.THE VIET KIEU IN AMERICA by Nghia M. Vo.
         11.WAR AND REMEMBRANCE by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V.Dang, Hien V. Ho (SACEI Forum 6).
         12.FACES OF THE WAR by Nghia M. Vo, Chat V.Dang, Hien V. Ho (SACEI Forum 7).
         13.THE FALL OF SAIGON (SACEI Forum 8).
         14.SAIGON: A HISTORY

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   You can also order books through SACEI:
   1. Remembering Saigon: $15
   2. The Sorrows of War and Peace: $16
   3. The Women of Vietnam: $16
   4. The Men of Vietnam:  $16
   5. The Lands of Freedom: $17
   6. War and Remembrance: $17
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The Mayflowers of 1975 At the heart of American tradition, Mayflower was the ship that left England in 1620, transporting the Pilgrims seeking freedom of worship on the New Continent. At the conclusion of the 10,000-day War in 1975, the surrender of South Vietnam triggered an exodus of Vietnamese leaving their homeland, seeking political, religious and personal freedoms all over the world.

Against that backdrop, The Mayflowers of 1975 is a series of true stories written by medical doctors and their spouses, and could possibly be the first collective memoir of a group of physicians anywhere. Raised in war-torn South Vietnam, they learned about fate from the Tale of Kieu, about love and war from Dr Zhivago. They were trained to save lives but in the Spring of 1975, when everything around them collapsed, they were confronted with their own fate and the fate of their loved ones. The Mayflowers of 1975 tells their personal stories of struggle, survival and hope.

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The Vietnamese Boat People: the biggest diaspora in Vietnamese history occurred between 1975 and 1992, when more than two million people fled by boat to escape North Vietnam's oppressive communist regime. Before this well-known exodus from Vietnam's shores, however, there was a massive population shift within the country. In 1954, one million fled from north to south to escape war, famine, and the communist land reform campaign. Many of these refugees went on to flee Vietnam altogether in the 1970s and 1980s, and the experiences of 1954 influenced the later diaspora in other ways as well. This book reassesses the causes and dynamics of the 1975-92 diaspora. It begins with a discussion of Vietnam from 1939 to 1954, then looks closely at the 1954 "Operation Exodus" and the subsequent resettlements. From here the focus turns to the later events that drove hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to flee their homeland in 1975 and the years that followed. Planning for escape, choosing routes, facing pirates at sea, and surviving the refugee camps are among the many topics covered. Stories of individual escapees are provided throughout. The book closes with a look at the struggles and achievements of the resettled Vietnamese.

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The Bamboo Gulag: This comprehensive review of the gulag system instituted in communist Vietnam explores the three-pronged approach that was used to convert the rebellious South into a full-fledged communist country after 1975.

This book attempts to retrace the path of these imprisoned people from the last months of the war to their escape from Vietnam and explores the emotions that gripped them throughout their stay in the camps. Individual reactions to the camps varied depending on philosophical, emotional and moral beliefs. This reconstruction of those years serves as a memoir for all who were incarcerated in the bamboo gulags.

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The Trung Sisters The book deals with the origins of Vietnam with its legends, hopes and aspirations. It reviews the legendary times of Vietnam, as well as the origins of this emerging nation which at that time boasted the famous Dongsonian civilization with its characteristic bronze drum.

The year was 39 A.D. and the Lac people had been enslaved by the Chinese for more than one hundred years. Then came the Trung Sisters. They raised an army, revolted against the Chinese, fought against them for many years and finally established a kingdom for themselves. How long could these women remain in power and what had happened to them?

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Remembering Saigon (See Forum) This is a collection of stories and papers about the Viet Kieu or Vietnamese Americans who Came to the States shortly after the end of the war (1975). The purpose of this SACEI Forum is to document their lives, houghts, accomplishments as well as their culture from the war-torn Vietnam to the peaceful U.S. where many have been residing for the last three decades.

The reader will be exposed to a variety of themes-history, arts, poetry, culture-which allow him/her to travel a "memory walk evoking the spirit of the land they reluctantly left."

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The Sorrows of War and Peace For the Vietnamese people, war was part of their life. Not that they wanted to fight year in and year out, it was just that they were born in a land of wars. War seems to be as natural as air in Vietnam. One just has to look at the history of Vietnam to realize that wars and battles had consumed hundreds of thousands of lives throughout the centuries.

It is therefore natural that they discuss about war and peace... mostly about the sorrows that came with these entities. War may have ended, but somehow peace has not settled in their hearts and minds. Strangely "peace" has unleashed another type of war: a full blown revenge followed by an unrelenting discrimination against the losers. And the vicious cycle goes on and on.

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The Women of VietNam For a long time, the history of East Asian women paralleled that of Confucianism. Women participated in and bore witness to history; they wrote it through their work, sacrifices, sweat, blood, and lives. The history of Vietnamese women is the story of people in search of an elusive freedom for the last two millennia. Without freedom, there would be no equality, respect of rules of law, and place for women in society and history. And not writing about them would be similar to neglecting a big chunk of history for they were not only the guardians of conformity and social mores, they also bore past and present children as well as the future of the nation.

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The Men of Vietnam Vietnam is a country built by wars so much that wars are in the Vietnamese's blood. They live in wars, with wars, and by wars. It seems like no generation is immune to wars. If there were no major warfare, there would be some revolt or uprising somewhere that required to be dealt with.

         The Vietnamese have always fought for freedom and independence. They live for their nuoc like in "Song vi nuoc, chet vi nuoc" (Live by water, die by water). Nuoc by definition means water, but it also represents the body of water around which people gather to grow rice and build a stable community. Ultimately, it has come to represent the "homeland, the country, the nation."

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The Lands of Freedom After 1975, the Vietnamese used whatever floated to set out on rough seas to flee communism. The Lands of Freedom welcome them with open arms. Three decades later, as recent immigrants, the "boat people" have found political freedom and economic security, but success is mostly at an individual level. The ultimate challenge would be to prove their maturity by gaining political and economic leverage through mutual trust and solidarity.
         This Forum retraces their path from the time of their incarceration in re-education camps until today. It serves as a historical timeline and documents their slow progress toward political freedom and economic stability.

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The VIET KIEU In America Vietnamese make up one of the largest refugee populations in the United States, some arriving by boat in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and others coming in the 1990s. This collection of 22 essays by 14 authors illuminates Vietnamese-American culture, views of freedom and oppression, and the issues of relocation, assimilation and transition for two million people. It contains personal experiences of the Vietnam War, life under Communist rule, and escape to America.

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War and Remembrance. This "A New Look at an old War" contains the proceedings of the SACEI 2009 Fall Conference on War and Remembrance. Ten researchers and writers gathered in this suburb of Washington, D.C. to share their views and memories about the war and Vietnam. New voices were heard, those of the South Vietnamese who, for a long time, had been ignored or simply neglected in the "fog of war" as American writers only described the conflict between Americans and North Vietnamese. Was it truly a tripartite war or just a war between Americans and North Vietnamese? Between North and South Vietnamese? between North Vietnamese/Soviets/Chinese and South Vietnamese/ Americans?

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Faces of The War: These are the poignant stories of men who fought an almost non-ending war: at the Phuoc Long Battle where few came out alive; at Duc Hue; a wounded prisoner who without receiving any medical treatment was hauled back to a northern concentration camp; the slow and agonizing death of an old warrior from an untreated case of leprosy; a young man's escape by boat after completing his reeducation labor... And many more.

These are the tragic human faces of the war...

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The Fall Of Saigon. These are the proceedings of the Second Annual SACEI Conference on the FALL OF SAIGON. Through this small series of papers, diverse ideas, such as identity of the Vietnamese-Americans, April 30, diaspora, causes of the Fall of Saigon, have been explored. Through them, one could feel the vibrant livelihood of Vietnamese America, the exile faction of the South Vietnamese, a glimpse of what South Vietnam could have become--a vibrant Tiger in the heart of Southeast Asia--had it not lost the war
And no, Vietnam was not a waste of resources for various reasons. Had the U.S. and South Vietnam won the war, Vietnam would not have been a land of reeducation camps, a land of boat people with tens of thousands of them dying at sea to escape their beloved country, and a land of millions of people mired in poverty and suffering under a totalitarian regime.
The Fall of Saigon represents the demise of the South Vietnamese Nationalist faction with the majority ending up in reeducation camps after being stripped of their rights, belongings, and properties. A small faction (10%) escaped overseas to form the vibrant exile Viet Kieu community.

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Saigon: A History: Saigon (since 1976, Ho Chi Minh City) is the largest metropolitan area in modern Vietnam and has long been the country's economic engine. This is the city's complete history, from its humble beginnings as a Khmer village in the swampy Mekong delta to its emergence as a major political, economic and cultural hub. Examined in detail are the city's many transitions through the hands of the Chams, Khmers, Vietnamese, Chinese, French, Japanese, Americans, nationalists and communists, as well as the Saigon-led resistance to collectivization and the city's central role in Vietnam's perestroika-like economic reforms.