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Perspectives on Vietnam

  • San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Nearly 3 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, almost 10 percent of their generation. They came home to a country divided and angry about the war. At best, the veterans were ignored. At worst, they were vilified. Elizabeth Partridge shares the challenging experiences, both during the war and after, of seven veterans profiled in her book Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam.

In 1975 at the end of the war, the United States took in 125,000 Vietnamese refugees, soon followed by a second wave, the “boat people.” Thi Bui, in her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

On June 14 hear these evocative accounts of the lasting legacy of the war. Thi Bui’s compelling graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, has been chosen as the 2018 One City One Book selection. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an expressive memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Bui explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family. Author Elizabeth Partridge in conversation with Thi Bui – June 14, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium