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By Trin Yarborough

Surviving Twice is the tale of 5 Vietnamese Amerasians born throughout the Vietnam struggle to American squaddies and Vietnamese moms. regrettably, they weren't one of the few thousand Amerasian childrens who got here to the U.S. prior to the war’s finish and grew up as americans, talking English and attending American colleges. as an alternative, this workforce of Amerasians confronted even more bold hindrances, either in Vietnam and of their new domestic.

Surviving Twice increases major questions on how mixed-race kids born of wars and occupations are handled and the ways that the moving legislation, regulations, social attitudes, and bureaucratic purple tape of 2 international locations impact them their complete lives.

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From America, Khue must send money to his wife’s tenmember family in Vietnam as well. He also sends small sums of money to Tiger in prison, so Tiger can buy cheap cigarettes and toiletries. Tough and perceptive, Khue seems more realistic and open than his siblings; or perhaps he feels he can talk more freely in America than they can talk in Vietnam. Khue spent long hours on the road as a truck driver during the postwar years in Vietnam, and bartered for food and other goods with scarce salt, the way richer men might barter with gold.

Although some South Vietnamese troops continued to fight on bravely, others gave up any pretense of true resistance in the final days of the war, and desertions were common. As final battles hit the central and southern parts of Vietnam where the Amerasians lived, people were now seeing some of their worst days of the war. S. troops had been in Vietnam openly for nine years and American ‘‘advisers’’ and clandestine agents had been present for more than fourteen years. The Amerasians they left behind, still mostly infants and young children, were among the victims of the renewed bombing, shelling, and killing.

I don’t remember what happened next, but my nun told me when I was older that someone threw out a rope, and she lifted we children up into the helicopter one by one. ’’ The six orphans who survived were eventually taken to Nhiet Chi Mai, a large Buddhist orphanage near Bien Hoa built by Americans. ‘‘Everyone passing on the highway between Saigon and Bien Hoa had to pass Nhiet Chi Mai,’’ says Nan. At the time, it was crowded with about 200 orphans. Many of them—maybe half—were Amerasians. Nan’s most precious possession is the box of old photographs and a small black-and-white photo of the Buddhist nun who protected and loved her until the nun’s death when Nan was ten.

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