Palawan Story

Palawan Story Under the cover of darkness Kim a young girl is put by her mother on a crowded fishing boat to escape Vietnam The derelict boat drifts for two weeks on the South China Sea before reaching Palawan

  • Title: Palawan Story
  • Author: Caroline Vu
  • ISBN: 9781928049012
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Under the cover of darkness, Kim, a young girl, is put by her mother on a crowded fishing boat to escape Vietnam The derelict boat drifts for two weeks on the South China Sea before reaching Palawan, a refugee camp in the Philippines There, an American immigration officer mistakes Kim for a sponsored orphan with the same name and sends her to America In the US, Kim tellUnder the cover of darkness, Kim, a young girl, is put by her mother on a crowded fishing boat to escape Vietnam The derelict boat drifts for two weeks on the South China Sea before reaching Palawan, a refugee camp in the Philippines There, an American immigration officer mistakes Kim for a sponsored orphan with the same name and sends her to America In the US, Kim tells her unsuspecting adoptive family the orphan stories they want to hear While she succeeds in inventing vivid details for her assumed identity, there is a missing page in her own past The boat trip out of Vietnam is a total blank, and she fears the worst Years later Kim returns to Palawan as a volunteer doctor Still haunted by what may have happened on the boat, she begins to record the stories of the other refugees Through them, she seeks to unblock her suppressed memories.

    One thought on “Palawan Story”

    1. This is an excellent book, a quintessential immigrant story. As an immigrant myself, it resonated with me: Ms. Vu describes the dangers people often go through to get to a country where they hope for a better life and the often spotty reception they receive in the new land. The book is well-written, characters well-created and the intrigue built and maintained throughout. A book I highly recommend.

    2. Yesterday marked my 1-year anniversary blogging on WordPress (yay, go me, and thank you all for reading and following along my book journey!), and today marks the first book review written in my new home in the Northwest Territories.Today’s book is called Palawan Story, and it’s about the raw and tumultuous life of Vietnamese refugee Kim Nguyen, who escaped the aftermath of the Soviet takeover of Hue at the end of the Vietnam War to forge a new identity in the United States, and eventually, [...]

    3. A more resent travel into the history of the events surrounding Palawan. It is told from the eyes of a young refugee girl as she is transported from her newly communist home to a camp in Palawan. It shows the difficulty she has in being a new age orphan in a world that is ever changing. After meeting a doctor at her camp, she finds a new life once coming to the western world. This book puts a face to all the general stories of those who lived through this tumultuous time.It did take a couple of [...]

    4. As the child of refugees, albeit from Soviet and not Viet Namese communism, this story resonates with me through the parallels I can imagine with the experiences of my parents and their friends. The sudden transition from a calm life to a reign of terror, the forced abandonment of home, family, friends and property, the desperate means needed to escape and survive; the author manages to make a visceral impact without resorting to melodrama or to saccharin nostalgia. The prose rings true through [...]

    5. A moving and insightful novel about a young girls life. This book explores various themes including politics, immigration, etc. It is set Communist Vietnam and in North America. The novel is easy to read and is very enjoyable. One can even feel the emotions and the thoughts of the main character throughout the story and relate to her journey. Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to enjoy over the summer.

    6. This was a very interesting read and was very authentic. The parts set in Asia were very vivid and interesting, but the parts in Montreal definitely could have been longer. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I feel it ended too abruptly; it could have been longer. Overall, it was a great, fast read but there could have been more details happening with the plotline.

    7. A fascinating fictional story of a young Vietnamese refugee girl facing seemingly insurmountable odds on her way to success in North America following the Communist takeover of her country in the 1970's. As with Dr. Vu's previous writing, this book is written in a colorful and easy-to-read style.

    8. I read the French version of Palawan.J'ai été très touchée par ce récit de Kim qui relate la fuite du VietnamJe recommande.

    9. A tangled webThere now are more refugees and displaced persons around the world than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Images of cars and boats of desperate people fleeing religious or territorial conflicts are regular occurrences in newscasts.The danger and fear these people face until they reach safety and a chance for a new life is the underlying current of Palawan Story, a novel by Montreal writer Caroline Vu, who left Vietnam as a child. Palawan was a refugee camp in the Ph [...]

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