September 2021 Newsletter
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 10:30am - 4:30pm: Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival
Author Oliver Chin will be at our booth to tell you about and sign his books.
Mina Harada Eimon, author of the children's coloring book "A is for Ame," will also be on hand to sign her book.
If you have an event that you would like us to mention and or to participate in, please feel free to let us know.
Phuoc’s Journey to America
And His Family’s American Dream
By Debbie Tat (Wife of Phuoc Tat, AKA Phillip Tat)
It was late summer in 1978. Twelve (almost thirteen) year-old Phuoc was concerned. Saigon had fallen over three years earlier, and life on the family compound had changed.
In the past, schools were either Vietnamese or Chinese (Cantonese). As a Cantonese speaker from birth, Phuoc and his sister had attended a special Chinese school, where they were being taught Mandarin. Under the communists, Chinese and Vietnamese attended the same regular schools and were taught only in Vietnamese. His previously wealthy family had seen their fortune decline as the communist government made frequent changes to the acceptable currency, each time giving the wealthy less money and the poor more money.
Phuoc’s father, Moc, had read Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book and had no desire to continue life under the communist regime. Moc and his wife Hoa, wanted a better life for their family, even if it meant giving up everything they had known and to start over in a new country. It would be difficult, but they wanted more for their seven children, three boys and four girls, ranging in age from a newborn to age thirteen.
Phuoc’s parents plotted their escape...
A Quick Look at Statistics on the Forcibly Displaced
And What You Can Do to Help Them
By Leonard Chan
This is just a quick summary.
I hope it will help to answer some of your questions regarding refugees and displaced people around the world, and some things that you could possibly do to help them.
I invite you all to read further, stay interested, and to get involved.
View full descriptions of all these featured books at Bookshop.org where you'll also have the opportunity to purchase them.
Books About Refugees and One About What You Would Save If You Were Displaced
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