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

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Duong Van Mai Elliott's The Sacred Willow, an extraordinary narrative woven from the lives of four generations of her family, illuminates fascinating--and until now unexplored--strands of Vietnamese history.

Beginning with her great-grandfather, who rose from rural poverty to become an influential mandarin, and continuing to the present, Mai Elliott traces her family's journey through an era of tumultuous change. She tells us of childhood hours in her grandmother's silk shop--and of hiding while French troops torched her village, watching blossoms torn by fire from the trees flutter "like hundreds of butterflies" overhead. She reveals the agonizing choices that split Vietnamese families: her eldest sister left her staunchly anti-communist home to join the Viet Minh, and 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, dozens of interviews, and a wealth of other research, this is not only a memorable family saga, but a record of how the Vietnamese themselves have experienced their times. At times haunting, at times heartbreaking--it is always mesmerizing--The Sacred Willow will forever change how we view the history of Vietnam and our own role in it.

Synopsis:

Duong Van Mai Elliott's The Sacred Willow, an extraordinary narrative woven from the lives of four generations of her family, illuminates fascinating--and until now unexplored--strands of Vietnamese history.

Beginning with her great-grandfather, who rose from rural poverty to become an influential mandarin, and continuing to the present, Mai Elliott traces her family's journey through an era of tumultuous change. She tells us of childhood hours in her grandmother's silk shop--and of hiding while French troops torched her village, watching blossoms torn by fire from the trees flutter "like hundreds of butterflies" overhead. She reveals the agonizing choices that split Vietnamese families: her eldest sister left her staunchly anti-communist home to join the Viet Minh, and 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, dozens of interviews, and a wealth of other research, this is not only a memorable family saga, but a record of how the Vietnamese themselves have experienced their times. At times haunting, at times heartbreaking--it is always mesmerizing--The Sacred Willow will forever change how we view the history of Vietnam and our own role in it.

Synopsis:

Published on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, this is an unprecedented and moving consideration of the country's history--as seen through the eyes of four generations of one Vietnamese family. 32 halftones.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195137873
Author:
Elliott, Duong Van Mai
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Elliott, Duong Van Mai
Author:
null, Duong Van Mai
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
History, World | Asian
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Vietnam History 20th century.
Subject:
Vietnam History 19th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Oxford University Press paperback 2000.
Series Volume:
no. 1494.
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 halftones, 3 maps and 1 family tree
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.1 x 1.1 in 1.9 lb

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Product details 544 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195137873 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Duong Van Mai Elliott's The Sacred Willow, an extraordinary narrative woven from the lives of four generations of her family, illuminates fascinating--and until now unexplored--strands of Vietnamese history.

Beginning with her great-grandfather, who rose from rural poverty to become an influential mandarin, and continuing to the present, Mai Elliott traces her family's journey through an era of tumultuous change. She tells us of childhood hours in her grandmother's silk shop--and of hiding while French troops torched her village, watching blossoms torn by fire from the trees flutter "like hundreds of butterflies" overhead. She reveals the agonizing choices that split Vietnamese families: her eldest sister left her staunchly anti-communist home to join the Viet Minh, and 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, dozens of interviews, and a wealth of other research, this is not only a memorable family saga, but a record of how the Vietnamese themselves have experienced their times. At times haunting, at times heartbreaking--it is always mesmerizing--The Sacred Willow will forever change how we view the history of Vietnam and our own role in it.

"Synopsis" by , Published on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, this is an unprecedented and moving consideration of the country's history--as seen through the eyes of four generations of one Vietnamese family. 32 halftones.

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