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
Written by Stephen Magagnini. September 2017
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
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