Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Goodbye, Vietnam

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Goodbye, Vietnam

Article excerpt

WHELAN, GLORIA. (1992). Goodbye, Vietnam. New York: Dell Yearling. ISBN 0679-82376-X

Gloria Whelan, a National Book Award-winning author, paints a family's seemingly impossible yet eventually realized dream of escaping Vietnam (as a few of the Vietnamese "boat people") for Hong Kong and, eventually, America. Mai, the main character, and her family must flee their homeland because her grandmother has been accused of practicing folk medicine. En route, the characters spring into life in a way that does not make it easy to erase them from your mind. They face many challenges with courage and hope.

As a piece of multicultural literature, readers are launched into a new culture and are taught important lessons from another part of the world. Though the lessons are harsh ones, readers do not come away with a feeling of despair. We come to know the culture in a particular place and time as if we have been there as an observer who has developed at least a few emotional attachments to the people of this country. …

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