The Storm of Our Lives

A Vietnamese Family's Boat Journey to Freedom


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Tai Van Nguyen lives in Fresno, California.

Bibliographic Details

Tai Van Nguyen
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 175
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4176-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5478-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Day 1—The Storm of Our Lives      3

Day 2—Life Goes On      51

Day 3—Ship Sightings      65

Day 4—The Flood      83

Day 5—The Family      103

Day 6—Land Sightings      125

Day 7—Final Resting      151

Index      163