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Ship of Fate: Memoir of a Vietnamese Repatriate by Trần Ðình Trụ (review)

Ship of Fate: Memoir of a Vietnamese Repatriate by Trần Ðình Trụ (review) book and media reviews 601 informative opening into the diverse eventual immigration to the United and intersecting motives of eighteenth- States. century European navigational Swept up in the pandemonium projects in Oceania, a reminder of the during North Vietnam’s capture of need to read critical early moments Saigon in April 1975, Trần was sepa- of encounter prismatically, with rated from his family, who remained distinct facets that reveal histories and in Vietnam while he captained one of counter-histories complementary to the ships in the evacuation fleet that more familiar accounts. escaped to Subic Bay in the Philip- pines and then moved on to Guam. alexander mawyer He faced immense loss and longing: University of Hawai‘i “I had lost not only my house, my at Mānoa jeep, and my career, I had lost my wife and our children. I felt the absurdity *** of it, transferring from one ship to another, journeying to where . . . I felt Ship of Fate: Memoir of a Vietnam- so depressed thinking about my lot— ese Repatriate, by Trần Ðình Trụ. how could my life be so lost, so lonely Translated by Bac Hoai Tran and like this?” (54). Jana K Lipman. Intersections: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Ship of Fate: Memoir of a Vietnamese Repatriate by Trần Ðình Trụ (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 31 (2) – Oct 3, 2019

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Abstract

book and media reviews 601 informative opening into the diverse eventual immigration to the United and intersecting motives of eighteenth- States. century European navigational Swept up in the pandemonium projects in Oceania, a reminder of the during North Vietnam’s capture of need to read critical early moments Saigon in April 1975, Trần was sepa- of encounter prismatically, with rated from his family, who remained distinct facets that reveal histories and in Vietnam while he captained one of counter-histories complementary to the ships in the evacuation fleet that more familiar accounts. escaped to Subic Bay in the Philip- pines and then moved on to Guam. alexander mawyer He faced immense loss and longing: University of Hawai‘i “I had lost not only my house, my at Mānoa jeep, and my career, I had lost my wife and our children. I felt the absurdity *** of it, transferring from one ship to another, journeying to where . . . I felt Ship of Fate: Memoir of a Vietnam- so depressed thinking about my lot— ese Repatriate, by Trần Ðình Trụ. how could my life be so lost, so lonely Translated by Bac Hoai Tran and like this?” (54). Jana K Lipman. Intersections:

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