Red Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam

TitleRed Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBaer, Linda L. T.
Number of Pages343
PublisherRiver Grove Books
City, CountryAustin, TX
Abstract

The story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees. In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman. Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971 ... The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless.

Short TitleRed Blood, Yellow Skin
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