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By Edith Shillue

ISBN-10: 1558491287

ISBN-13: 9781558491281

Born within the early Nineteen Sixties and having no direct adventure of the Viet Nam warfare, Edith Shillue arrived in Ho Chi Minh urban (Saigon) in September 1993 from her local Massachusetts to start paintings as a school lecturer in English and American heritage. This ebook is a full of life rendering of her time there and in Nam Ha Province in northern Viet Nam, the place she later taught in village schools.
Living and dealing with the Vietnamese, Shillue grew to become conversant in their language, heritage, and tradition via condition that variety from comedian to heartbreaking. Her memoir offers the reader with sharp statement and considerate remark, no matter if she is portraying her domestic lifestyles with a Vietnamese relatives, recounting the thrill and frustrations of educating at either the grade institution and college degrees, or traveling to the Mekong Delta, Hanoi, or the killing fields of Cambodia.

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I smiled again and wondered how I was going to manage pronouncing Vietnamese names for an entire year. "I'll get Bình," he said, after I sat down. I felt a cool breeze blow in softly across the tile floor. The room was high-ceilinged, long and spacious. Overhead a fan was turning softly. The dog Page 8 circled once around the coffee table in front of us, then ran to the back room, following Mr. Thao. In the back of the room, underneath a staircase, a young boy was playing on a computer ("Thanh" young Thao explained with a gesture.

Bình asked, laughing. "Ve chai bán hông. " But the song is not translatable. Bình continued laughing. "She is only wanting trash! " This was the moment when the Vietnamese language began to lure me. It was such an intimate part of my landscape. I didn't know what any of it meant, but I could see so much of it, could already feel it. Page 20 ''Ve chai bán hông . " is the sound of a beautiful young woman in a bamboo hat tied by a ribbon. She carries that most romantic of oriental elements, the shoulder pole (a bamboo basket), and it swings softly from side to side as she makes her way out of the alley.

In my attempt to convey the beauty of the Vietnamese language, I have recorded many interactions verbatim, in an italicized mix of nglish and Vietnamese. Names and dialogue are written with Vietnamese diacritics. To guide the reader, I have given simple sound descriptions and pronunciation comparisons. Also, I have quoted Vietnamese poetry based on a mix of written text and oral tradition. In learning about this literature, I have relied on the guidance and patience of many Vietnamese friends and informants.

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