An Inspirational Life
The Nobility of Our Hearts: From Bến Súc to Sài Gòn to Austin spans the remarkable events of 20th century Vietnam: from French rule to the Great Depression, from the Second World War to the Vietnamese civil war that involved the United States.
At the center of this global history stands one Vietnamese woman, Cẩm Hồng. Whether she is embarking alone at the age of fourteen on an ocean liner to Bordeaux to pursue her education, experiencing the bombing of Sài Gòn that forces her family to hide in the jungle while she endures the death of her daughter, witnessing the enlistment of three of her sons in the Vietnamese Armed Force, or finally escaping from Vietnam as a refugee to ultimately settle in Austin, Texas, Cẩm Hồng is a steadfast testament to perseverance and the Confucian values that sustained her.
This is the real story of South Vietnam, not simply the horrific experience of one particular decade. It provides an expanded perspective of the full history of Vietnam while engaging the reader through intimate details and novelistic techniques to create a beguiling and dramatic work of non-fiction.
“The Nobility of Our Hearts: From Bến Súc to Sài Gòn to Austin is compelling and important as it chronicles the story of Cam Hong who quickly discovers that her future holds more than what tradition dictates in early twentieth century Vietnam. A fascinating love story that proves resilient through defining historic events that take place in three continents – Asia, Europe and North America. This book tells a life story that spans for nearly a century, teaches us about unconditional love and the virtues of practicing nobility and kindness. It is a legacy that is created by a mother, continued by her nine children and will be carried on for generations to come. The Nobility of Our Hearts is sure to inspire you as it allows you to recount the hardships endured by Vietnamese Americans during the largest refugee resettlement efforts in America history after the fall of Saigon in 1975.”
— Hubert Vo, Texas State Representative