Sacred Willow Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

ISBN-10: 0195137876
ISBN-13: 9780195137873
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
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Description: 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,  More...

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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 9.10" wide x 6.30" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Maps
Family Tree
A Burial in the Night
Shut Gate and High Walls
The Silk Merchant
French Veneer, Confucian Soul
Taxes, Floods, and Robbers
The Third Month in the Year of the Famine
The Head on the Roof
Into the Resistance Zone
Poison and Bribes
The Fall of a Border Garrison
Sifting Through the Rubble
The New Mecca
Just Cause
Short Peace, Long War
Flying Into the Unknown
The Spoils of Victory
The Hours of Gold and Jade
Epilogue: Across the Four Seas
Bibliography
Index

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