Karín Aguilar-San Juan is a second-generation Filipina-American. She authored Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America and, with Frank Joyce, co-edited The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. Her community work includes building relationships between Vietnam War veterans, antiwar activists, and Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants. She serves as Professor and Chair of American Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also as a Board of Directors for Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul. She is working on her first film, “Rice: A Filipino Love Story,” a short cinematic essay about an organic rice farm in the Philippines.
I sympathize with Book Hunter and with the cause of cultural and artistic freedom that Hà Thủy Nguyên and Lê Duy Nam uphold. It seems that enhanced liberties in Vietnam should ultimately mesh well with current government policies for economic integration. After all, if a nation is open to business with other societies, it follows that everyone will also be exposed to different ways of thinking about the humanities, art, and literature.
Reviewed by Karín Aguilar-San Juan. In Body Counts, Professor Yen Le Espiritu accomplishes the task of a lifetime: to put her own life into sociological and historical context without making herself the center of the story. Using the intellectual frame of “critical refugee studies” this book examines the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese refugee perspective.