Saigon Stories (ebook)

Saigon Stories (ebook)

Sam Korsmoe
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Saigon Stories was a book that was a long time in development. I had been living in Vietnam for several years, could speak Vietnamese, and the bug about writing a book about Vietnam had been seeping into my psyche. Eventually, it became too hard to ignore so I had to do something about it. My biggest dilemma was that I wanted to write a book about Vietnam, but the things that I knew and could write about had already been done. At best, I could duplicate these subjects and potentially create a new angle, but it would be more or less the same story. I really didn't want to jump on the bandwagon just for the sake of completing a book about Vietnam. The epiphany for writing Saigon Stories came from a Vietnamese friend who shared a personal story with me. When he was 18 years old, he had just completed the national university entrance exams and was waiting for his results. It was 1980. The war in Cambodia against the Khmer Rouge was heating up and young Vietnamese men were being drafted en masse to fight a guerilla war in the jungles of Cambodia. Many were not coming home and many others came home with horrific injuries. My friend was scared that he would be next. He felt he had done well on the exams and thought he had passed and thus would be accepted into a university, but he also knew that he could be drafted into the army at a moment's notice. If he passed the exam, he would get into a university and be excused from military service. The problem was that if the draft notice showed up first it wouldn't matter how he did on the exam. It was all about which notice arrived first – the results of his exam or his draft notice. It was an amazing story and he shared it with me because he knew me, I knew the subject, I could speak his language, and he trusted me. This same thing happened in many other contexts with many other people during my years in Vietnam. Saigon Stories is a collection of these kinds of personal experiences.

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