The Dust of Life
America’s Children Abandoned in Vietnam
- PUBLISHED: August 1999
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 160 Pages, 6 x 9 in
- ISBN: 9780295978369
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
The Dust of Life is a collection of vivid and devastating oral histories of Vietnamese Amerasians. Abandoned during the war by their American fathers, discriminated against by the victorious Communists, and ignored for many years by the American government, they endured life in impoverished Vietnam. Their stories are sad, sometimes tragic, but they are also testimonials to the strength of human resiliency.
While unique in many respects, the Vietnamese Amerasian story also illustrates themes that are tragically universal: neglect of the human by-products of war, the destructiveness of prejudice and racism, the pain of abandonment, and the horrors of life amidst extreme poverty, hostility, and neglect.