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Why I Wrote TigerFish


I started writing my memoir in 1992 with the sole purpose of passing down my family history to my daughter (and son who was born a year later), to tell how vastly different my life had been compared to the lives they were living.  I wanted them to know how I survived the Vietnam war and successfully fled the communists at the fall of Vietnam in 1975, my ensuing journey in acculturation and assimilation in America, and how I eventually met their father. 

It is a story that must be told, a story that's been tugging at my heart, my soul, and all the fibers of my body. It's not a "want" to tell this story, but a need and a must-do life's goal of mine.

As time progresses and the political situation has changed with the Syrian refugee crises, this has given me another compelling reason to publish my story now, in order to raise awareness of the refugee experience.

No refugee chooses to be a refugee.  We do not choose to upset our lives, ripping out our hearts and souls, leaving all that we knew and loved for the unknown.  Rather, we do what we must do for our survival and the survival of our children, because it is a basic human need and drive to perpetuate our family's heritage and legacy. 

 Today, I'm sad to see the refugee crisis playing out repeatedly all over the world, and strongly believe that not only is it necessary to share my narratives, but it's unequivocally my obligation to pass it on as part of this country's oral history.

My life came full circle and I served for three years at the California Office of Emergency Services as the GIS Chief, leading and providing real-time online maps for response and recovery of disasters, manmade or natural.  I served the demographics of the misplaced, the needy, and the distressed, who were refugees of disasters, whether they fled their home from fires, earthquake, or flood. 

In sharing my story, my ultimate message is of compassion, love, and understanding through learning what it means to be a refugee.

I invite you to join me in creating a kinder, more compassionate world by learning what it means to be a refugee, reading TigerFish, a Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel's Daughter . 

With heartfelt gratitude! 

Hoang Chi Truong

Sacramento Bee Article

Written by Stephen Magagnini. September 2017

Courtesy of SacBee Renee Byer

Courtesy of SacBee Renee Byer

Valley PBS Stories of Service

Vietnam Stories: Hoang Chi Truong

PBS KVIE Studio Sacramento

June 2017



Davis Media Access KDTV

August 2017

Hoang Chi's books

The Red Chair: Literary Edition with Book Group Discussion Questions
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace
Angela's Ashes
Vietnam Moment
Seaweed and Shamans: Inheriting the Gifts of Grief
The Red Chair: Literary Edition with Book Group Discussion Questions
Keiko's Kimono: A Doll's Journey to America in 1869 with the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony
Strait of Tears
Cold Sassy Tree
The Grapes of Wrath
Rhett Butler's People
The Accidental Tourist
While I Was Gone
Open House
Gap Creek
Cane River
Some Luck
The Human Comedy
Strait of Tears: A Tale of International Parental Abduction
My Name is Aram

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High School & University

  • Kennedy High School Honor PACE Program. Sacramento, CA Presentations on TigerFish for History Classes and Required book reading for incoming Freshmen English classes. Spring and Summer 2017

  • Sacramento New Technology High School. Sacramento, CA. Friday. Sept 8th from 1pm to 2pm. Presentation on my writing and refugee experiences in TigerFish to Junior English classes.

  • Hoover High School Author Event in Fresno, CA. Friday, September 22nd from 9am to Noon

  • Central West High School. Fresno, CA. Presentation on Writing and TigerFish to English Classes. Fall 2017. Date TBD

  • CSU Fresno Anthropology Asian American Studies Dept. Dr. Jenny Banh & The Arnie Nixon Center For the Study of Children's Literature. CSU Fresno - Henry Madden Semester 2017. Friday, October 6th Reception at 6pm and Book Talk at 7pm

Public Author Events

  • Bogle Winery Author Event. Clarksburg, CA. Saturday, October 4th. 6pm to 9pm

  • Arthur F. Turner Community Library. West Sacramento, CA. November 1st. From 6pm to 7pm

  • Belle Cooledge Library Author Event. Sacramento, CA Saturday, November 4th. 2pm to 3pm

  • Davis Branch Library Author Event. Davis, CA. Thursday, November 9th. 7pm to 8pm

  • Southgate Library. Sacramento, CA. Wednesday November 15th from 6pm to 7pm

  • Betty Rodriguez Regional Library in Fresno, CA. Saturday, September 23rd. 3pm to 4pm

  • My Sister's House Author Event at Belle Cooledge Library. Sacramento, CA. Wednesday Sept 27th. From 6:15pm to 8pm

  • Avid Reader in Davis on Friday, June 23rd from 7:30pm to 8:30pm

  • Avid Reader at Tower in Sacramento on Saturday, July 22nd from 3pm to 5pm

  • Robbie Waters Pocket - Greenhaven Library on Wed, Aug 2nd, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Library Author Event. San Jose, CA. Saturday, August 26th. 2:30pm to 4:30pm

  • Central Library Local Author Fair. I Street. Sacramento, CA. Sunday. August 27th. 1pm to 3pm