Story about a South Vietnamese military physician who spent years in a Communist re-education camp after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Eventually the doctor escaped his country by boat and resettled in the United of America.
This memoir vividly describes the struggle of one Vietnamese family and their seven day ordeal to escape persecution from Communist Vietnam. One of more than 840,000 "boat people" to have fled the war ravaged country, the author describes his family's epic journey and the historical, cultural, social, economic, and political problems that led to his father's decision to take his family away from their homeland. Drawing on his Catholic faith, Nguyen attests to the hardship and dangers that confronted the family in their journey and that did not end after his father died and the five children were forced to continue alone.
As the Vietnam War winds down, the USS Tutanga repairs river boats on the Saigon River. Connor Simmons arrives on board to find House, a battle-scarred sailor who works the black market and has a soft spot for the Vietnamese kids in the nearby village of Nha Be. When Connor goes to work on an antiquated light ship, he learns that it may be central to House's plan to save those he cares about most. Throwing Grenades at Gilligan's Island is a one-hundred-thousand-word historical novel that explores love, loyalty, and the absurdity of war.
In the late 70s and early 80s, the world watched in horror as thousands of Vietnamese refugees fled to freedom on rickety boats. Many lost their lives at sea, but some, like Vu Khanh Thanh, were rescued by British ships and brought to the UK for resettlement. His book tells of his flight from the north of Vietnam to the South, and life under communism where his activities as a local councillor got him in trouble with the authorities. We learn about his fight for survival on a boat stranded in the ocean and his rescue. The book is unique, because Thanh is unique - he was the first Vietnamese person in the UK to be elected as a local councillor. He was the first Vietnamese person to be awarded an MBE for services to his community. His life story is one of great upheavals, great struggles and great adventures. The book explores Thanh remarkable journey, the separation and subsequent reunification of his family, ending in the London borough of Hackney where his family have adjusted to a new British life over the past 30 years.