BENEFITING: Asian Heritage Society
“Pho For the Soul: Stories From the Vietnamese Diaspora” is the harrowing and emotionally gripping tale of fifty refugees who faced physical and psychological devastation, imprisonment, death on the open sea and unspeakable cruelty to survive and create new lives in a new land that they came to cherish. They are inventors, scientists, educators, movie directors, military leaders, government officials, college deans and community leaders, as well as nail salon operators, chefs, tailors and ordinary job holders. But they all possess the one quality that makes them unique – resilience.
TOLD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Their story of survival and achievement is told as never before -- through their eyes and in their own words. We call it “Pho for the Soul,” because like the famous Vietnamese broth, the variety of ingredients, or stories, explodes in a cacophony of emotions that will stir the heart and soul of anyone who cares about survival and the human condition. This narrative also features contributions from a handful of non-Vietnamese – a famous Hollywood actress, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a leader of a major university. While others chose to ignore this largest refugee exodus ever to America, these three chose to help create new lives for hundreds of those disenfranchised from their families, homes and country.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF HISTORY BOOK
This collection of reminiscences and reflections is straight from the heart – brutal, heartbreaking, poignant, joyous – and all of it inspiring. It deserves to be in every library and on every college campus in the country as well as part of every high school history class. That is our ultimate goal, but here in California is where we can begin. The cost for a limited run of a 225-page hardbound text with personal photos, maps and schematics will cost $26,000 and enable us to place a copy in most middle and high schools in California, beginning in San Diego, and generate future copies to be distributed outside the state. This book wll touch both -- the thousands who touched death and were given a second chance to live and the thousands who want to know how they did it.