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Introduces readers to the Vietnamese American culture, immigration aspects, customs, religion, foods, and holidays. Famous Vietnamese Americans, as well as noted contributions and inventions by Vietnamese Americans, are also presented.
- Escaping a Country Olwar
- Struggles to Find a N Ew Home
- New Struggles in a New Land
- Vietnamese Americans in the 21 St Century
- Time Line
- Glossary Terms
- For Further Information
A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from MultiCultural Review on September 1, 2003
This 12-volume series for students in the middle elementary grades (it is aimed at a fourth-grade reading level) describes the community and contributions of national groups of immigrants to the United States. Each volume contains four chapters: one on life in the country of origin, followed by chapters on the move to America, becoming established in a new country, and the cultural contributions the group has made. The large-type text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and drawings, most of which are fairly small and original to the period being discussed. Most chapters also include a one- or two-page sidebar on a particular American from that group or on a cultural topic. The volume on German Americans, for example, has sidebars on Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher, the history of Ellis Island, and the singing von Trapp family (a slight stretch here, as they were Austrian). Many of the page spreads include a ‘Fascinating Facts’; in the Swedish-American volume, we learn that Charles Lindbergh’s grandfather, Mans Olsson Lindbergh, was a Swedish immigrant who served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. Without going into great depth, this series does connect life in these countries of origin with the immigrant experience as well as with the place each group has in American culture. Students will probably find it interesting to learn of the sometimes unexpected ethnic backgrounds of well-known people, such as in the chapter in the Arab-American volume that includes football player Doug Flutie, disc jockey Casey Kasem, and recent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Each volume contain a time line, a glossary of the words bolded in the text, a short list of books and web sites for further reading, and an index.
A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Children's Literature on November 1, 2002
Vietnamese people are among the most recent immigrants to come to the United States. The flow of immigrants from Southeast Asia was triggered by the American and South Vietnamese defeat in the long and bloody war that was waged in Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon and the victory of the communist North Vietnamese forces in 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people fled their homeland. Many of these refugees boarded boats and set out for other lands. These ‘Boat People’ faced grave dangers in the form of unseaworthy vessels, starvation, lack of water, storms, and pirates. It is estimated that 50% of the Vietnamese people who set out in boats perished before they could reach their destination. Once in nations such as Thailand, Japan, or the Philippines the Vietnamese immigrants were confronted by life in stark refugee camps or prejudice by the local people. For thousands of Vietnamese, immigration to America from these sanctuary lands became an option. The story of these brave-hearted immigrants, who accepted great danger and suffering in order to reach America, is well told in this illustrated study. Readers of this well thought out book will be provided historical background as well as information about the acculturation of the Vietnamese people who have come to the United States. This is a fascinating story and one that will give younger readers a solid introduction through a capably written work.
A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Midwest Book Review on October 1, 2002
Each book explains the history of the immigration and how experiences and motivations differed between groups. This series provides young readers with important information suitable for either supplemental classroom reading or reports.
Author: C. Ann Fitterer
C. Ann Fitterer has been writing for The Child's World for more than 15 years. She also writes under the name Cynthia Klingel. Most recently, she has co-written more than 70 Child's World books with Bob Noyed. Cindy and Bob have written books in the Wonder Books Phonics Readers series, the Wonder Books Nonfiction series and the Spirit of America Our Presidents series. They also helped to develop The Spirit of America publishing program, which began in fall 2001. Cindy also helped to develop the Wonder Books publishing program. Cindy was born in Mankato, Minnesota. She lived for a short time in Minneapolis, where she worked in publishing. The rest of the time, she has lived in Mankato, which she believes is a great place to grow up! As a child, Cindy loved reading, writing and playing with friends. She enjoyed playing sports, especially softball and football! She also loved to dance. She was a dance student and then teacher for 17 years! In third grade, Cindy won an award in a national publishing contest sponsored by a large publishing company. It was then that she decided she would be an author when she grew up. In college, Cindy studied English and elementary education. Although she was interested in many things, she loved working with students. So she graduated with degrees in teaching. Cindy has been a public school educator for almost 20 years. She has worked for a Minnesota school district as a high school English teacher, an elementary teacher and is currently a curriculum director. She loves children's literature and makes regular visits to the children's section in bookstores and libraries. Cindy lives in Minnesota with her two daughters. When she is not working or busy being a mom, she can be found digging in one of her gardens, spending time with her many friends or with her nose in a good book.