|About the Book|
Jim Walker was a medic in the Vietnam war. He worked in the ER at the 79th Evac Hospital in Cu Thi. Although he was part of the team that saved the lives of thousands of wounded American troops, he was considered a malcontent by career military. AsMoreJim Walker was a medic in the Vietnam war. He worked in the ER at the 79th Evac Hospital in Cu Thi. Although he was part of the team that saved the lives of thousands of wounded American troops, he was considered a malcontent by career military. As punishment for his negative attitude he was assigned to a special mission to assist the civilian hopsital in Cu Thi. When a VAF plane bombed a village in the area Jim rushed to their ER to treat casualties. He met a Vietnamese nurse. On the night of that first meeting as he walked her home he saved her life when she was acosted by ARVN soldiers.For the next six months their paths did not again cross. Jim went back to his work, saving lives in the ER of the American hospital. Then she began work at the 79th as a nurse/translator. They were in the same place. They renewed their friendship. Although they spent little time together, Jim developed the impression she was a special person. She was not corrupt like all the other Vietnamesse people he had met. He thought she deserved a better life. He decided to take her with him to America.She was also very pretty.Ngo Thi Chan was that nurse. She lead a difficult life because of a demanding mother, and because of normal Vietnamese culture. She wanted to get as far away from both as possible. Jim wanted to take her away from all bad influences.He could marry her in Vietnam. Althought the Army made that very difficult, he did. The Vietnamese people harassed Chan for having the opportunity to escape to a better life. He had to leave the country before her. But they finally accomplished their goal and she came to America. They could finally live together.Although her family rejected him, Jims family welcomed her into his family as a real daughter.They encountered difficulties and discrimination because of their inter racial marriage. People looked at them as if they had a disease.When they moved to Georgia the discrimination was the worst. They supported each other during the difficult time although Chan was terribly home sick. Their marriage produced a pretty little girl, miscegenation. Chan was much happier after she had someone, their daughter, to take care of. Jim advanced his career in the medical device industry. Their marriage was settling down. Chan started to accept American way of life.Then the mass exodus of refugees from Vietnam occurred. Amongst the refugees was her mother. Jim sponsored and supported his wifes entire family, ten people, who settled near them. The mother again put demands on Chan. Jim and Chan moved far away when he got a promotion. They lived normal lives as the family grew. But where ever they lived Vietnamese culture followed. When Chan tried to make friends with her people, they were as close minded as the white people they had encountered previously.Jim changed jobs several times, which required moves that were difficult for Chan. That put strain on their marriage. After they had three children she resolved to get rid of him, that he was a loser. She felt she deserved better. She changed her appearance and became more attractive. Since Jim traveled in his work it was easy for Chan to make new friends. While Jim focused on work to support his family, Chan enjoyed new relationships.They finally moved to California where an inter racial marriage was more accepted. Their children fit in with their friends in school. Now Chan had the opportunity to spend lots of time with her people. They once again lived near her family.Jim founded a new company with several partners. For nearly two years he traveled as the start-up grew and became valuable. This gave Chan complete freedom. When the start-up was sold Jim became rich.