TigerFish, a memoir by Hoang Chi Truong

TigerFish, a memoir

A memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel's daughter, chronicling the tumultuous years growing up in a war-torn country of Vietnam, and the abrupt and brutal regime change that forced her disruptive and disorienting coming of age between two vastly different cultures....

Title:TigerFish, a memoir
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ISBN:1544054319
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:276 pages

TigerFish, a memoir Reviews

  • Michael Chrobak
    Apr 23, 2017

    This is one of those books that can take you to places you've never been. In this case, that place was within the life of a young Vietnamese woman during the years of war that ravaged her country, eventually forcing her family to flee and find refuge in the US. Wonderfully told as a letter to her children, the author permeates both historical information as well as personal triumphs and tragedies. Speaking in a relaxed, conversational tone, you are transported to the many homes she lived in with

    This is one of those books that can take you to places you've never been. In this case, that place was within the life of a young Vietnamese woman during the years of war that ravaged her country, eventually forcing her family to flee and find refuge in the US. Wonderfully told as a letter to her children, the author permeates both historical information as well as personal triumphs and tragedies. Speaking in a relaxed, conversational tone, you are transported to the many homes she lived in with her army office father, mother, grandmother, and many brothers and sisters. Her descriptions bring the environments and characters to life. You may even find yourself tasting the foods she writes about.

    What a wonderful 'coming of age' story during such a violent and turbulent time. High praises and highly recommended reading!

  • Phyllis Banks
    Apr 24, 2017

    TigerFish is a detailed and heartfelt love letter to her children. As a Vietnamese refugee in the mid-1970’s, Trương chronicles her strict but delightful childhood experiences. Her life is recalled through the raw terror from fleeing her homeland to the trauma of being repatriated in the United States.

    Not only does this book feature her life, but it captures the sights, smells, fears and cries of innocence robbed. Trương shares historical and cultural details to the reader, to the point that w

    TigerFish is a detailed and heartfelt love letter to her children. As a Vietnamese refugee in the mid-1970’s, Trương chronicles her strict but delightful childhood experiences. Her life is recalled through the raw terror from fleeing her homeland to the trauma of being repatriated in the United States.

    Not only does this book feature her life, but it captures the sights, smells, fears and cries of innocence robbed. Trương shares historical and cultural details to the reader, to the point that we can travel back in time with her. TigerFish gives shocking, yet poignant details of how each family member survived the horrors of war. She was able to illustrate sympathy, empathy fear, and love - - not just for her family, but for everyone she met along the way.

    TigerFish invited me to question my beliefs about war, history, religion, culture clashes and loyalty. Truong’s experiences allowed her the ability to save a place in her heart for her one true love, and from this love, her children can understand and know her. TigerFish is the genesis of their identity. It teaches them how to navigate the ebb and flows of the life and gives birth to a generational foothold into a legacy that will continue to blossom with time. Sacrifice, respect, commitment, unconditional love, and honesty are woven throughout this book. Trương leaves no stone unturned as she pours out her heart and soul to connect her words to the reader.

    Everyone can benefit from reading this book. You cannot remain unchanged as you partake in her journey. Many of us refuse to leave the past. TigerFish shares the past and reveals the present. It allows us to use tragedies as springboards to the future. The book makes it possible to discover our own ‘TigerFish,' and it has encouraged me to feel pain, move on, never forget and to continue to love."

  • Brydie Wright
    Apr 24, 2017

    Many parts of the world are suffering a refugee crisis as we speak and it is easy to forget that waves of forced emigration have been happening for years and event centuries, most predominantly in times of war.

    In her remarkable debut novel, Tigerfish, HoangChi Smith (nee Truong) reminds of us of the struggles faced by Southern Vietnamese families who were forced to flee death or imprisonment after the fall of Saigon, as the Vietnam war came to a close in 1975.

    Her memoir, written for her daughter

    Many parts of the world are suffering a refugee crisis as we speak and it is easy to forget that waves of forced emigration have been happening for years and event centuries, most predominantly in times of war.

    In her remarkable debut novel, Tigerfish, HoangChi Smith (nee Truong) reminds of us of the struggles faced by Southern Vietnamese families who were forced to flee death or imprisonment after the fall of Saigon, as the Vietnam war came to a close in 1975.

    Her memoir, written for her daughter, is a fascinating tale of what is was like for Truong and her large family, to adjust from their privileged life in their home country, to refugee status in America, starting all over again. The story of the family’s assimilation, told through the innocent eyes of young ‘Chi’ is an endearing one. Beautifully and honestly written, it will no doubt resonate with many who have faced similar circumstances, out of their control, and survived to share their experiences with younger generations.

  • Pat
    May 05, 2017

    I received my pre-ordered Tigerfish, in April, and read it deliberately, to savor rather than gulp the story. It's gripping, rings totally valid, and stays true to her story even if that story could be embellished to be a "better" one. Chi's story brings her life straight to the reader with reality steaming out of every chapter. She's telling it like it was - from Vietnamese traditions and customs, the happiness and frustrations of early childhood insulated from the outside world as only an Asia

    I received my pre-ordered Tigerfish, in April, and read it deliberately, to savor rather than gulp the story. It's gripping, rings totally valid, and stays true to her story even if that story could be embellished to be a "better" one. Chi's story brings her life straight to the reader with reality steaming out of every chapter. She's telling it like it was - from Vietnamese traditions and customs, the happiness and frustrations of early childhood insulated from the outside world as only an Asian family does it, to her coming of age in a new land and culture, clashing with her Vietnamese roots. As Farmers' Insurances says, "I know a thing or two because I've seen a thing or two." I saw Vietnam from the US military viewpoint for a year in '67-'68. My own wife's family were chronic refugees in China during the revolution, and my wife was a literal "boat person," born on a ship leaving port just ahead of the oncoming army. I helped refugees as a volunteer in Guam in 1975 and saw the chaos they experienced there. And I worked with resettled refugee families in the US. Chi brings the emotions and facts of such situations to life in Tigerfish, and brings her life lesson to the reader - persevere.

  • Jennifer
    May 14, 2017

    Hoang has written a moving memoir about her and her family's escape from Viet Nam. Her storytelling ability transports the reader. You get a palpable feel for the fear she experienced but also for the struggle her parents experienced to keep the family together with chaos and uncertainty all around them. However this book is also more than just the Troung family's dangerous journey, it's also a YA coming of age story. Hoang shares the real emotions of young girl in a large family coupled with th

    Hoang has written a moving memoir about her and her family's escape from Viet Nam. Her storytelling ability transports the reader. You get a palpable feel for the fear she experienced but also for the struggle her parents experienced to keep the family together with chaos and uncertainty all around them. However this book is also more than just the Troung family's dangerous journey, it's also a YA coming of age story. Hoang shares the real emotions of young girl in a large family coupled with the political unrest that constantly threatens the family.

  • Debbie Jinks
    May 17, 2017

    I read TigerFish over two days, and only put it down because I thought I'd better go to sleep. This autobiography of war torn Vietnam and the family that lived through it and fought for preservation, had me fighting alongside them all the way through. Hoang Chi's story of herself and her families' experiences made me in awe of the strength and unity amongst them. Her description of the places and devastation she witnessed as a child made me horrified and captured my imagination almost as if I wa

    I read TigerFish over two days, and only put it down because I thought I'd better go to sleep. This autobiography of war torn Vietnam and the family that lived through it and fought for preservation, had me fighting alongside them all the way through. Hoang Chi's story of herself and her families' experiences made me in awe of the strength and unity amongst them. Her description of the places and devastation she witnessed as a child made me horrified and captured my imagination almost as if I was with her. When they eventually made it to America I felt like cheering, but when they were sponsored by the first couple I wanted to rage over the injustice of it all. Things got better of course especially when Hoang Chi met her true love Chris and even though her parents didn't approve she fought for her happiness and love prevailed. I would thoroughly recommend this excellent autobiography. Hoang Chi's' skill as a writer shows through in every page, it raised my awareness of the struggles that the people of Vietnam had to go through. All I can say is read this book, don't miss out on this amazing truth.

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