The Bamboo Gulag: Political Imprisonment in Communist Vietnam

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McFarland, Jan 15, 2004 - Political Science - 244 pages
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This comprehensive review of the gulag system instituted in communist Vietnam explores the three-pronged approach that was used to convert the rebellious South into a full-fledged communist country after 1975.
This book attempts to retrace the path of these imprisoned people from the last months of the war to their escape from Vietnam and explores the emotions that gripped them throughout their stay in the camps. Individual reactions to the camps varied depending on philosophical, emotional and moral beliefs. This reconstruction of those years serves as a memoir for all who were incarcerated in the bamboo gulags.

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Nghia M. Vo is a writer and founder of Saigon Arts, Culture, & Education (SACEI), a non profit organization that strives to document Vietnamese-American culture through conferences, publications, and a website ( Best known as a translator from the Vietnamese, Nguyen Ngoc Bich is the author of A Thousand Years of Vietnamese Poetry (Alfred A. Knopf, 1975) and is currently Chairman of the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans (NCVA). His interest in current history is only recently redirected to major events in the history of Vietnam, of which the Trung Sisters' rebellion is an early landmark significant in terms of women's studies and feminism.

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