Across the Mekong River

Across the Mekong River In a California courtroom seventeen year old Nou Lee reels with what she is about to do What she must do to survive She reflects on the splintered path that led to this moment beginning twelve years

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  • Title: Across the Mekong River
  • Author: ElaineRussell
  • ISBN: 9781466338104
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a California courtroom, seventeen year old Nou Lee reels with what she is about to do What she must do to survive She reflects on the splintered path that led to this moment, beginning twelve years ago in 1978, when her Hmong family escaped from Laos after the Communist takeover The story follows the Lees from a squalid refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in MinneIn a California courtroom, seventeen year old Nou Lee reels with what she is about to do What she must do to survive She reflects on the splintered path that led to this moment, beginning twelve years ago in 1978, when her Hmong family escaped from Laos after the Communist takeover The story follows the Lees from a squalid refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Minnesota and eventually California Family members struggle to survive in a strange foreign land, haunted by the scars of war and loss of family Across the Mekong River paints a vivid picture of the Hmong immigrant experience, exploring family love, sacrifice, and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances

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    1. From the opening scene of the family escaping through the Laos jungle in the middle of the night, through the cold winters in Minnesota, and to the windowless courtroom in Sacramento, this novel hooked me. It follows the Lee family, part of the Hmong ethnic group in Laos which aided the US in the Vietnam War, then paid a heavy price after the war. The Lees risk everything to escape to Thailand, and they lose loved ones in the process. After years in the squalor of refugee camps, they are sponsor [...]

    2. CAPTIVATING AND COMPELLING. A SPECIAL READ. ”Truth is an illusion. It is only something we create from memories and wishes and fragments of dreams.”—location 64From the losing side in war-torn Laos, through refugee camps in Thailand, to the slums of American cities, to the agonies of shifting cultural identities; with incredible violence, loss, tragedy and suffering—the ancestors must have really been pissed at the Hmong people, in the closing decades of the 20th century. Even in these m [...]

    3. In Across the Mekong River, Russell follows the journey of a Hmong family as they escape the war in Laos and build a new life in the United States. After fighting in the Hmong Special Forces alongside American troops in the Vietnam War, Pao becomes a target for the communist regime that comes to power after the war ends. After years in a prison camp, Pao, his wife Yer, and their children Fong, Fue and Nou escape with the rest of their extended family, traversing perilous jungle mountains in thei [...]

    4. Across the Mekong River follows the Hmong family on their turbulent journey from the newly Communist controlled Laos eventually leading them to California. The viewpoint of the book switches between Nou Lee or Lisa, the main character, and her parents Pao and Yer. Pao was a freedom fighter during the early stages of the conflict in Laos, fighting so his family's lifestyle can remain the same that it has always been. When the American's withdraw their support from the Special Forces in country th [...]

    5. This book was sent to me at no cost from GoodReads. I really enjoyed reading Across the Mekong River. I often had to look at the first page of a chapter to see who was speaking since the whole book was written in first person. It is a very realistic and potent story about how lives change through education, new environments, and growth of individuals.Across the Mekong River brought back a lot of memories for my husband and I since he spent two years in Vietnam as a soldier in the US Army. He mad [...]

    6. book that I am really happy I won. The book traces the lives of an extended family of Hmong refugees as they escape persecution in Laos as they escape to Thailand and later to the United States ending up in California. It is told from the points of view of the father, mother and eldest daughter in the family. There are trials, struggles and triumphs. What I liked best about the book is the very realistic portrayal of the characters and I really loved the ended because the author does not succumb [...]

    7. The book impressively tackles the history of the Hmong refugee experience in the United States, which they helped during the war in Laos. The novel also candidly discusses the problems of adjustment to a new language and culture and to the younger generation growing up more Western than the older generation knew how to handle.The book is valuable for its historical detail of the Hmong population, their war experiences, and their journey to other countries during the Pathet Lao takeover in Laos.

    8. This was sent to me from giveaway. Very touching story of a young Hmong girl and her struggle with family customs and her desire to embrace a new life in America. Well written with excerpts of the history of the Hmong struggle in Laos and Thailand. Ever believable and captivating, this is a book well worth reading, especially if you are interested in learning more about the Hmong culture.

    9. Although not based on a true family story, this book does depict what it must have been like for the south Vietnamese struggling to survive and escape communism. It was also a very good example of what it must have been like for the Vietnamese people to make it to the USA and have such a huge cultural difference to deal with, the youth finding it way easier than their older relatives. This book was very enjoyable for me.

    10. A good story, many echoes of "The Spirit Catches You, and You Fall Down". Does a good job of conveying the horrors faced by the Hmong in escaping Laos, and the equally difficult journey through the refugee camps, and then trying to assimilate into American culture, which is equally heartbreaking, but in a very different way.There are multiple points of view - a father, mother and their daughter - which is important because of the very different impacts on each of their lives.

    11. Across the Mekong River is a moving account of one Hmong family braving war, persecution, and trauma to find a new life in the U.S.Through the eyes of each family member, Elaine Russell brilliantly spins each story strand seamlessly into a deeply personal, and yet universal portrait of the immigrant experience of leaving one's homeland to begin anew in a strange and foreign culture.

    12. Very enjoyable story. Difficult though,watching the struggles faced by immigrants, trying to assimilate to a new life, while desperately trying to preserve their old traditions.

    13. I often wonder how refugees who wind up on our shores make the transition. This book answered a lot of my questions.

    14. This book is very well written. The descriptions draw you into the scenes, whether they are narratives of past events and locations or current activities and relationships. The story surrounds the struggle from escaping war torn Loas to living in a squalid refugee camp to arriving in America and making a new life. Clearly some characters are better able to cope and adjust than others, but that too comes with a price. Books such as this should be required reading in today's schools as these stori [...]

    15. Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Awardillwithabook"Very descriptive of the different cultures she was put through.""Compelling. Would certainly read more from this author.""An absolutely beautiful novel excellently written. Even though I had to have a reading break after each chapter (to stop my tears) I finished it within 2 days."Pauline BarclayFounder of Chill with a Book Awards

    16. A beautifully written book that should be read by everyone who has ever thought that immigrants should make more effort to follow 'our' customs. Written from different people's viewpoints, it shows how families need to stay together is harder on some than others. It explores the feelings of youngsters whose first need is to fit in, and how this conflicts with deep seated family loyalties. I loved it.

    17. This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollickfounder #DDRevs'The parts set in Laos are the most gripping, with excellent suspense and compelling characters.'

    18. 3.5 starsThis novel follows a Hmong family from Laos, to Thailand, to Minneapolis, to Sacramento. The novel illustrates the difficulties involved in being an immigrant in the United States and the stresses that arise from straddling two cultures. Chapters are told from the points of view of different family members, two of whom have the same name, which is slightly confusing. Overall a good book and a recommended read. However, the pace seemed too slow and I didn't really care about the main cha [...]

    19. This book is a story about families and traditions as well as parents and children. Parents who think and worry that their children are not listening only to find out they were present all along the journey. It’s a heartwarming journey readers will find themselves engrossed in, “Across The Mekong River” by Elaine Russell.It starts out with the Ly family, a farming family, descendants of the Hmong tribe of Laos planning their escape from the communist regime, the Pathet Lao, in Laos in the [...]

    20. Across the Mekong River was an excellent book. I received a copy from First Reads. I debated whether to give the book 4 or five stars and chose four because I found that the voice of some of the characters felt stilted, flat, not quite three-demensional. The description of the Hmong peoples,their culture, traditions, the hell that they went through after the fall of Laos to the Pathet Lao, and the eventual immigration by thousands to the west (the U.S. in particular) was spot on. The difficulti [...]

    21. I thought the early parts of the book where the family were living in Laos then Thailand were very well told and the descriptions of the way they had to live were quite an eye opener.It did make me think how strong these refuge families are and how difficult it is for them to escape and then start again in a strange country with nothing except each other.I didn't really know much about the Laos situation and the Communist fighting and how badly the Hmong tribes were treated before reading this b [...]

    22. A wavering 2.5 stars. The story shines a light on Laos, a part of the world I know little about. And it covers the conflict of growing up distinctly Other (and female) in a white American world fairly faithfully. But the similes and metaphors Russell employs feel a little too folksy to give credit to the protagonist's parents and the story post-big reveal feels hastily rushed.

    23. Across the Mekong River is the story of a refugee family from Laos, who had to flee to the refugee camps in Thailand when the Vietnam war ended. The Communist regime hunted down their own people and killed those who fought on the side of the Americans. It is only thanks to their sponsorship by an American soldier that the family are permitted to resettle in America. The story centres on daughter Nao's struggles to bridge two opposing cultures. Her Hmong family believe women are subservient to me [...]

    24. Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell is part PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and part immigration story set just after the end of the Vietnam War. Nou Lee and her family were forced to flee Laos following the Vietnam War after her father fought with the special forces alongside the Americans. His life and that of his family were threatened by the succeeding communist government, forcing them to take flight in the middle of the night across the Mekong River.Across the river that takes [...]

    25. Despite the fact that my church growing up sponsored some Laotian refugees, I really had very little idea of their plight. This book was a good way to personalize the story and explain some of the modern story of the Hmong people, particularly those that moved to the US. I couldn't give it 5 stars because I loved the story but had some issues with the storytelling. The story is told by 3 characters (a father, mother and daughter). I read different perspectives, but not different voices. I really [...]

    26. Laura Lee (Ly Nou) vividly remembers the first few weeks of peace after the Americans left war torn Laos. It wasn't long before that family had fled the cruelty of conquerors , losing one family member after another during their escape to a Thailand refugee camp. This fictionalized tale follows seventeen year old Laura from birth to college, covering the bewilderment of a child caught in a war to a young woman seeking balance between the freedom of American teenagers and the cultural expectation [...]

    27. Chosen for my book club by the writers sister-in-law, I at first had difficulty getting into the book, but once they got to America, I couldn't put it down. I lived in Northern CA, and there were many newspaper stories about the clash of Hmong culture with American culture, especially the young marriage age. The book is told in 3 different 1st person accounts, Father, mother and daughter. The culture clashes between non-English speaking oarent's and children, the Americanization of immigrant chi [...]

    28. I won this in a Giveaway. This is an absorbing look at the immigrant experience in America. Because Nou/Laura's parents fled war in Laos, they really have no intention of becoming Americans; and they try to stop Nou from becoming American as well. Nou struggles to find a balance between her shared experiences with her parents and family (which includes fleeing Laos in a rain of bullets) and her experiences growing up in America and dreaming of an American "good life". Through multiple narrators [...]

    29. A fascinating story that casts the immigrant experience into a more modern light. The rotating perspectives of the three main characters: Nou/Laura, Yer and Pao, combined with Russell's skillful structure of the plot into present-day events and flashbacks kept me hooked. I found all the characters sophisticated and empathetic, resulting in a complex illumination of the immigrant experience across generations. At the end of the novel I found myself wondering whether embarking across the Mekong wa [...]

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