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Book Title: Under the Wings of a Good Luck Phoenix: Memoir of an American Girl in Saigon; June 1963 to March 1964|
The size of the: 434 KB
Date of issue: February 8th 2016
ISBN 13: 9781682227862
The author of the book: Kathy Dobronyi
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Kathy Connor needs more than luck to get out of Viet Nam alive. When the twelve-year-old American lands in Saigon with her family on June 1, 1963, she doesn’t realize this won’t be a typical military assignment. The Connor family arrives two weeks before Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc sets himself on fire. His protest horrifies the world and threatens the American-supported government of Ngo Dinh Diem. The South Vietnamese president is overthrown during a military coup d’tat on November 1, 1963. Although the Connor family knew about the war in Viet Nam, they believed Saigon was safe. The U.S. government wouldn’t put families into danger. Wrong! On the eve of the Vietnam War in 1963, there were over 4,000 American civilians in Saigon. Everyone in Kathy’s family has a story to tell. On his fourteenth birthday, her brother Michael becomes “a man.” He also learns about Viet Nam by breaking the rules—traveling into restricted areas, drinking alcohol, and exchanging money on the black market. Her mother wants the Vietnamese to be American—speak English and pay sticker price instead of haggling over cost. Her father wants to do his job in military intelligence—break codes, develop listening posts, and train Vietnamese to use modern high tech equipment that has no place in the primitive warfare waged by the Viet Cong. Like most Americans in Saigon, Kathy and her family live among the Vietnamese. As military personal, her family has exclusive use of military facilities such as the Base Exchange (BX), commissary, Capital Kinh-Do movie theater, a hobby shop and the swimming pool in Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown. Saigon was part of French Indochina until 1954. It was called “the Paris of the Orient,” with its tree-lined streets, opera house, Notre Dame Cathedral, exclusive sports clubs and white mansions that once housed colonial administrators. Kathy sees French colonial influence everywhere. She wonders how it is effecting the Americans who are flooding into the country to assist President Ngo Dinh Diem’s government. Nam, the thirty-five-year old houseboy working in the Connor household, teaches Kathy Vietnamese history and culture. With stories about life in World War II and the aftermath, he explains the struggles of his people under foreign occupation. He shares his escape from the Communists in North Viet Nam, coming to Saigon with thousands of others in 1954 in the exodus called the Passage of Freedom. Kathy doesn't realize war is coming to the city while she explores Ben Thanh Market and the bustling Saigon streets, investigates the Saigon Zoo and the exclusive Cercle Sportif. Adolescence is difficult, but Kathy must also deal with cholera epidemics, theater bombings, and military coups. The Vietnamese believe in luck. For Christmas, Kathy receives a good luck phoenix pendant from her parents. Kathy Connor’s good luck phoenix isn’t like the Western phoenix that is immortal, reborn from the ashes. Her Vietnamese phoenix represents peace and hope, things she learns in Saigon. During the Tet holiday week in February 1964, while Kathy and her family are on vacation in the Philippines, the VC bomb the Capital Kinh-Do Theater again. Three men die. Many are injured. Kathy hears about the tragedy at school. When she gets home, she shares her confusion about war with Nam. Under the Wings of a Good Luck Phoenix is the testament of the friendship between a young girl and a Vietnamese who taught her that life should never be taken for granted.
Read information about the authorKathy Connor Dobronyi is a storyteller and a retired high school teacher. Although she wrote articles for trade journals and developed lesson plans that are used teach Shakespeare by the Folgers Institute, she never considered herself an author.
All that changed in 2007 when she began working with Lee Helscel, Vietnam vet and editor of the South Marion Citizen in Ocala. He asked her to write an 8-part series about her time in Saigon from 1963-64. Audience response was overwhelming.
This is Kathy’s first book and it took eight years to get it to print.
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