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All points of the compass

Author: Judy Rymer
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2006.
Series: VAST - Academic video online
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tran Van Lam had the ill-fated destiny to be foreign minister of South Vietnam during the devastating war with the North. He was a patriot, committed to seeing his country emerge from its colonial history. He was also the father of nine children, who with his wife formed a seemingly privileged family, which dined together, had vacations at the beach, learned musical instruments, and were instilled with their  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rymer, Judy.
All points of the compass.
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2006
(OCoLC)747796161
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Judy Rymer
OCLC Number: 794307273
Language Note: English.
Notes: Previously published as DVD.
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Target Audience: For High School; College; Adult audiences.
Description: 1 online resource (55 min.).
Series Title: VAST - Academic video online
Responsibility: directed by Judy Rymer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Tran Van Lam had the ill-fated destiny to be foreign minister of South Vietnam during the devastating war with the North. He was a patriot, committed to seeing his country emerge from its colonial history. He was also the father of nine children, who with his wife formed a seemingly privileged family, which dined together, had vacations at the beach, learned musical instruments, and were instilled with their Vietnamese identity. As the war intensified, he and his wife made provisions for the children to leave the country. The nine children were dispersed to Australia, France, the U.S. and Scotland. The hope was that they would be educated abroad and bring their talents back to their native country. That was not to be. Tran VanLam was betrayed by the United States, his ally against the North. While he was a delegate to the Paris peace talks, Henry Kissinger secretly arranged the pull out with the North. Fortunate to be airlifted out at the fall of Saigon, he and his wife finally emigrated to Australia with one small bag, where they ultimately opened a coffee shop. The adult children, now in mid -career with families of their own, speak poignantly about their experience of dislocation. They each longed to be re-united as a family and had to struggle to forge a new identity in a foreign land. They were all deeply affected by their father s expectations to become accomplished and"give back." Each one feels "multicultural." All Points of the Compass is at once a gripping portrait of the "immigrant experience" and a new perspective on the American role in the Vietnam War.

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