By Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen
The act of remembering is a way of bringing the previous alive and an creative method of facing loss. it's been the topic of a lot fresh scholarship and is of specific relevance at a time of frequent transnational migration. This ebook is a beneficial and unique contribution to the sector of diaspora reviews. in accordance with in-depth oral narratives of 40 Vietnamese girls, it bargains with topics either common and particular to this diaspora: divergent stories in households, the importance of place of origin, the go back to Vietnam, cross-cultural relationships, intergenerational tensions, and the problems of silence and unstated trauma between Vietnamese refugees. it's the first research to use reminiscence and trauma theories to a considerable base of oral narratives through Vietnamese ladies within the West. Nguyen argues that knowing of those narratives presents not just an perception into the best way Vietnamese ladies have handled loss, but in addition illuminates the event of the broader Vietnamese diaspora and different refugees.
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She relates: I have to say that I had a very good and peaceful childhood. I felt very protected because I was the youngest one, and our mother died very early. She was about forty-two when she died and I was two and a half. Everyone just poured their love and attention into me, so I was actually a spoilt little girl, and when I went to primary school, I didn’t do very well [laughs]. I started to become interested in study at a later stage, and surprisingly, I did very well in secondary level. The system there was the Baccalaureate Parts 1 and 2.
In this context, the silence in the family surrounding Suong’s attempted suicide is explained by her father and siblings focusing their energies on helping her to recover fully from her long illness. It was a silence driven by love and the desire to protect. And with Suong’s recovery, the passage of time, and the other major events that affected the life of the family, the cause of Suong’s coma did not come up for discussion. Anh’s narrative reveals that she is fully aware of the fact that Suong may have been too ill to remember what had happened.
She completed her graduate studies in Australia, and her life is one that is closely linked to the arts and the art world. She reﬂects in the following way on her sense of belonging in her new country: This is my present and my future. After my ﬁrst semester here, I went back to Vietnam and I didn’t feel that I belonged to Vietnam anymore. I don’t know if it’s because I read many Western novels before I read Vietnamese novels or because as a person, a curious person, I found that Australia offers everyone a chance whereas in Vietnam everything must 26 Memory Is Another Country be in a box.