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The Dust of Life: America's Children Abandoned in Vietnam

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The Dust of Life is a collection of vivid and devastating oral histories of Vietnamese Amerasians. Abandoned during the war by their American fathers, discriminated against by the victorious Communists, and ignored for many years by the American government, they endured life in impoverished Vietnam. Their stories are sad, sometimes tragic, but they are also testimonials to the strength of human resiliency.

Robert S. McKelvey is a former marine who served in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Now a child psychiatrist, he returned to Vietnam in 1990 to begin the long series of interviews that resulted in this book. While allowing his subjects to speak for themselves, McKelvey has organized their narratives around themes common to their lives: early maternal loss, the experience of prejudice and discrimination, coping with adversity, dealing with shattered hopes for the future, and, for some, adapting to the alien environment of the United States.

While unique in many respects, the Vietnamese Amerasian story also illustrates themes that are tragically universal: neglect of the human by-products of war, the destructiveness of prejudice and racism, the pain of abandonment, and the horrors of life amidst extreme poverty, hostility, and neglect.

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McKelvey (child and adolescent psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University) presents a collection of oral histories recounting the stories of Vietnamese Amerasians. While allowing his subjects to speak for themselves, he has organized their narratives around themes common to their lives: early maternal loss, the experience of prejudice and discrimination, coping with adversity, and for some, adapting to the alien environment of the United States.
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Synopsis:

McKelvey has collected vivid and devastating oral histories of Vietnamese Amerasians who were abandoned during the war by their American fathers.

Synopsis:

The Dust of Life is a collection of vivid and devastating oral histories of Vietnamese Amerasians. Abandoned during the war by their American fathers, discriminated against by the victorious Communists, and ignored for many years by the American government, they endured life in impoverished Vietnam. Their stories are sad, sometimes tragic, but they are also testimonials to human resiliency.<P>Robert McKelvey is a former marine who served in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Now a child psychiatrist, he returned to Vietnam in 1990 to begin the long series of interviews that resulted in this book. While allowing his subjects to speak for themselves, McKelvey has organized their narratives around themes common to their lives: early maternal loss, the experience of prejudice and discrimination, coping with adversity, dealing with shattered hopes for the future, and, for some, adapting to the alien environment of the United States.<P>While unique in many respects, the Vietnamese Amerasian story also illustrates themes that are tragically universal: neglect of the human by-products of war, the destructiveness of prejudice and racism, the pain of abandonment, and the horrors of life amidst extreme poverty, hostility, and neglect.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-130) and index.

Table of Contents

Who are the Vietnamese Amerasians? — Amerasians in Vietnam — Growing up without a mother or father — Prejudice and discrimination — Amerasians in the United States — Adapting to life in the United States — Expectations and later adjustment — Disabled Amerasians — Searching for father — Conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295978369
Author:
McKelvey, Robert S.
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Author:
McKelvey, Robert S.
Location:
Seattle :
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Child Psychiatry
Subject:
Abandoned children
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Children of military personnel
Subject:
Amerasians
Subject:
Amerasians -- Vietnam.
Subject:
Asian American Studies
Subject:
Asian studies
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.00x6.02x.39 in. .50 lbs.

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» History and Social Science » Asia » Vietnam
» History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
» History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
» History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
» History and Social Science » Sociology » General
» History and Social Science » US History » General
» History and Social Science » World History » Southeast Asia

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"Synopsis" by , McKelvey has collected vivid and devastating oral histories of Vietnamese Amerasians who were abandoned during the war by their American fathers.
"Synopsis" by , The Dust of Life is a collection of vivid and devastating oral histories of Vietnamese Amerasians. Abandoned during the war by their American fathers, discriminated against by the victorious Communists, and ignored for many years by the American government, they endured life in impoverished Vietnam. Their stories are sad, sometimes tragic, but they are also testimonials to human resiliency.<P>Robert McKelvey is a former marine who served in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Now a child psychiatrist, he returned to Vietnam in 1990 to begin the long series of interviews that resulted in this book. While allowing his subjects to speak for themselves, McKelvey has organized their narratives around themes common to their lives: early maternal loss, the experience of prejudice and discrimination, coping with adversity, dealing with shattered hopes for the future, and, for some, adapting to the alien environment of the United States.<P>While unique in many respects, the Vietnamese Amerasian story also illustrates themes that are tragically universal: neglect of the human by-products of war, the destructiveness of prejudice and racism, the pain of abandonment, and the horrors of life amidst extreme poverty, hostility, and neglect.
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