|First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia RemembersBy Loung Ung
Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of an educated, high-ranking government official. When the Kymer Rouge stormed the city in 1975, the young girl and her family fled from village to village. Fighting to hide their identity, the Ungs eventually were forced to separate to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans. As half her family died in labour camps by execution, starvation, and disease, Loung herself grew increasingly resilient and determined – armed with indomitable will, she miraculously managed to outlast the Khmer Rouge and survive the killing fields. First They Killed My Father is her astonishing story, a memorable human drama of courage and survival against all odds.
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|Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy Against the backdrop of Darwin, that small, tropical hothouse of a port, half-outback, half-oriental, lying at the tip of northern Australia, a young and newly arrived southerner encounters the ′maestro′, a Viennese refugee with a shadowed past. The occasion is a piano lesson, the first of many…
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|Where the Sea Takes Us by Kim HuynhIn the 1970s and 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese families set out on perilous journeys in
rickety boats to escape communist rule and seek out a better life. Kim Huynh’s family was one of them. In this unique memoir, Kim traces his parents’ precarious lives, from their poor villages in central and southern Vietnam, through relative affluence in Saigon, to their harrowing experiences after the American withdrawal and the fall of Saigon in 1975, which led them to a new life in Australia. As Kim explores his parent’s stories, he unveils the tragedy and inner strength of ordinary Vietnamese people struggling to survive in a country beset by colonisation and ravaged by war.
|Lucky Child by Loung UngLoung is an accomplished activist and writer, vibrant and healthy despite having to come to terms with the physical ravages of war and the memories of her family whose honour she struggles to uphold. Lucky Child is a powerful reminder that wars don′t end just because the guns have fallen silent.
|The Thorn of Lion City: A Memoir by Lucy LumThe Thorn of Lion City is a fascinating and honest account of wartime occupation and of a little girl’s upbringing in a repressive Chinese family. At times harrowing, at others touching, it breaks the long silence of the Singaporean Chinese and speaks of hardship, family and the softly-spoken, redemptive relationship between a father and daughter
|Ching Chong China Girl: From fruitshop to foreign correspondentby Helene Chung
Surviving the embarrassment of childhood, Helene discovered the thrill of the theatre fell into journalism and travelled the world. She became the first non-white reporter on Australian TV and the first female posted abroad by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. CHING CHONG CHINA GIRL is filled with honesty, humour, love and loss, and gives insight into life that traverses cultures East and West
|Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul HamDrawing on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people, Paul Ham reconstructs for the first time the full history of our longest military campaign. From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti-war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefi eld, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians′ war — which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women.
|Vietnam (Illustrated) by Paul HamThis superbly produced illustrated edition of Paul Ham′s award-winning Vietnam: The Australian War creates an equally powerful pictorial record of this epic story with some of the most memorable, shocking and rare images of the war|
|Will The Boat Sink The Water? by Guidi Chen, Chuntao WuIn 2000, acclaimed investigative journalists Wu Chuntao and Chen Guidi set out to document the lives of China′s silent majority – the country′s 900 million strong peasant underclass. Their research revealed the other side of the Chinese “economic miracle”, a feudal system in which petty dictators are free to tyrannise the rural poor. When the book was published in China it caused uproar.
|Bamboo Palace by Christopher KremmerIn the dying days of the Vietnam War, a royal family is rounded up and flown by helicopter to a remote prison camp. Behind the bamboo curtain erected by victorious communist guerillas, the tragic final days of an Asian king and his dynasty will play out. Christopher Kremmer takes readers on a gripping odyssey to Indochina′s heart of darkness, the remote prison camp where the Kingdom of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol finally ends.
Part travelogue, part mystery, Bamboo Palace reveals the only known eye-witness account of the final solution carried out in the jungles of northern Laos.