Item description for Autumn Cloud: From Vietnam War Widow to American Activist (Capital Life) by Jackie Bong Wright...
Autumn Cloud is the story of Jackie Bong Wright's family from the French colonial period, through the Vietnam War, to the present. Born in 1940, at the beginning of World War II, Ms. Wright stands at the center of the modern Indochinese drama, which started in the last century, and has yet to be fully played out. While the Vietnam War is deeply ingrained in a generation of Americans, its history for us is often one-sided - flavored with blame, corrupt generals and politicians, drugs, the Viet Cong and Saigon bar girls. In telling her family's story, she is also telling the story of countless Vietnamese families, ordinary people who struggled to make a success of their lives amidst chaos and upheaval. Ms. Wright moves from a girlhood on a Cambodian rubber plantation to school in Paris, marries a leading political dissident who is later murdered, escapes to America in 1975 with her children, and makes a new life, with a new American husband.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2002
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1931868204 ISBN13 9781931868204
Availability 0 units.
More About Jackie Bong Wright
Jackie Bong Wright is chairperson of Wright International, Inc. After she immigrated to America, she helped found the Indochinese Refugees Social Services, Inc. and continues to be active in Vietnamese refugee issues today. She is married to career diplomat Lacey Wright and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
Reviews - What do customers think about Autumn Cloud: From Vietnam War Widow to American Activist (Capital Life)?
An amazing woman... May 31, 2006
This is a must read for anyone interested in Vietnam, and/or the era of the Vietnam War. The book follows the author's life- but in doing so offers an excelent portrait of Vietnamese History. The author is a strong and amazing woman, who continues today to advocate for Vietnamese Victims of human trafficking and sexual/labor exploitation within the highest circles of the US government.
Autumn Cloud: A Vietnames-American Saga Oct 7, 2003
Many books and numerous studies have been written about the war in Vietnam, by protagonists,government officials, journalists, scholars and others. But none can compare with the unique perspective and deep humanity of Jackie Bong-Wright. Hers is the moving story of a courageous woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother who lived through the prelude, the war and its aftermath. As the young wife of the most prominent representative of the democratic opposition to the last South Vienamese government - assassinated by the Viet Cong - she came to know all the principal figures involved in this tragic war. Her insightful reflections on the Vietnamese people, their history and culture are extremely helpful for those of us in the West to better understand and appreciate the Vietnamese people. Despite the numerous obstacles she had to face in her last-minute flight from Saigon with her three small children, Jackie Bong-Wright never lost her detrmination to survive, to overcome, to prevail. Aided in no small measure by her deep faith. This book is a tribute to the human spirit, to human solidarity, to courage in the face of despair. It is also beautifully written and leaves one with a sentiment of hope, hope in a world torn by the tragedy of violence, terrorism and war. Hope that the world is also made up of persons such as Jackie Bong-Wright who writes: "Life swirls around us - love, hate, joy, suffering, unity, division, failure, success. Each person has to go through them all." And that is precisely Jackie Bong- Wright's unique and compassionate story. Frank and Alma Tonini, Rapallo (Italy)
For the wives of Viet Nam veterans Jun 19, 2003
This book helped me understand the history of Viet Nam and what led to the American intervention. This book was also historical, as well as personal and I enjoyed learning about the author's family and how they coped during their many trials. She and her people have all been through very difficult times. I now have more respect and understanding for the South Vietnamese people and those who relocated to the United States. A big "Thank you" to the author for contributing to my greater understanding.
I enjoyed this book a great deal as it has helped me to piece together bits and pieces of information from the television news and the newspapers that I saw and read during the war. Being only a teenager at the time the war occurred, this same information looks different now that I am an adult. Also, though I read the paper and watched the news, after reading Autumn Cloud, I realize I did not have the South Vietnames perspetive about the war.
My ex-husband served in Viet Nam from 1969-1970 when we were newly married - I was 18 years old and this book has helped me understand several things he told me when he came back from the war. I would recommend this book to all wives of Viet Nam veteran's.
The Beauty of the Human Spirit Feb 19, 2003
My daughter gave me a copy of "Autumn Cloud" for Christmas 2002. What a wonderful present it was. I was much moved, crying and laughing, as I made my way through the story of Jackie Bong-Wright's life. We are justifiably horrified by 9/11, and yet many Vietnamese, including the author, braved similar clamities over their lifetimes with resiliance and determination. Despite the havoc and danger, a beautiful spirituality shines through the pages of this personal saga. I agree with the author's analysis of the great tragedy and the cautionary tale that marked and marred the lives of all in Viet Nam and most in the US.
A refugee's personal story Feb 1, 2002
Autumn Cloud is a valuable addition to the small but significant body of personal stories by Vietnamese refugees who have resettled in the United States. The author's early life was privileged with French schooling in Vietnam, a university education in France, and marriage to an intelligent and sensitive man with a bright future in both academia and politics. Her life was shattered when her husband was assassinated as he was about to be appointed prime minister. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 she and her three small children were forced to leave their homeland, and they resettled as refugees in the U.S. There she established herself as a community activist helping other refugees, eventually happily remarried, and with her husband represented the U.S. in diplomatic posts abroad.
This is a very readable book. Particularly memorable for me were the descriptions of the author's early life in Vietnam and how the war affected members of her family in different ways. She effectively portrays the trauma and depression of being a refugee and the difficulties in adjusting to life in a new culture, something that not all Americans fully understand. I recommend it highly.