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Standing Up After Saigon : The Triumphant Story of Hope, Determination, and Reinvention

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9781612549897
  • ISBN-10: 1612549896

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Thuhang Tran's life has never been easy or ordinary. In her inspiring memoir, the accounts of Thuhang and her father, Chinh, weave a heartfelt story of familial love, separation, and reunion in the fifteen years following the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. Thuhang's strength through all this and battling polio is truly inspiring.

"A rare resource for readers interested in a story of resilience and personal courage and for readers who want to understand more about this era in Vietnam's and America's shared history." -- Claudia Kennedy, First female three-star general in the US Army, retired in 2000 after thirty-one years of military service; author, Generally Speaking


"In today's world, filled with so many challengesbe it personal, cultural, environmental, or politicalwe all need stories of perseverance, unification, and family. Embrace the diversity of life as you turn the pages." -- Rollin Ford, Retired EVP and CAO, Walmart


"Standing Up After Saigon is about the triumph of the human spirit and the power of one woman's determination and leadership to thrive. Read it." -- Nell Merlino, Creator, Take Our Daughters to Work Day; author, activist, speaker, and consultant focused on empowering girls and women


"This is a one-of-a-kind book. Every veteran, as well as all of America, will want to hug Thuhang and say, 'Way to go, sweetheartwe love you.'" -- Bob Ford, Author, Black Cat 2-1; Vietnam helicopter pilot; CEO, Okeene Milling Company


"Fascinating story of survival and achievement with an outstanding demonstration of love, determination, and personal reinvention. A must read." -- Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, Professor of entrepreneurship, Tuskegee University; former CEO, Atlanta Nobel Peace Laureates Summit Organization


"Thuhang Tran's firsthand account ofdaily life in Vietnam once Saigon fell is extraordinary. Her riveting odyssey demonstrates the universal lesson of personal triumph despiteunrelenting odds." -- Bernie Milano, President, KPMG Foundation; creator, PhD Project, a nonprofit organization


"Both an invaluable sociological resource recounting what life was like under the Viet Cong, and an inspiring account of humanity and perseverance. Thuhang's story reminds us of our innate human ability to dream, hope, and do whatever it takes to flourish." -- Kevin Turner, Retired COO, Microsoft


"Tran's story of strength and courage reminds us that the immigrant perspective fuels one's human capacity to see opportunities others don't, do what others won't, and keep pushing when prudence says quit." -- Glenn Llopis, Founder, Center for Hispanic Leadership and Center for Innovation and Humanity; author of The Innovation Mentality


"The book is a riveting depiction of the struggles experienced by many immigrants as they navigate rigid immigration policies, and exposes the realities of being a person with a disability in the developing world.Sharon Orloppdoes a phenomenal job of telling this story leaving us with a sense of optimism, and that anything is possible." -- Rohini Anand, Chief diversity officer, Sodexo; sits on National Organization on Disability board


"The story of Thuhang's struggles and ultimate triumph helps us understand how America's immigrant heritage made it into the greatest country, and why it is so wrong to disdain and malign those immigrants of today." -- Jose Villarreal, Senior advisor and partner of Akin Gump; Chairman of US Mexico Foundation; political strategist and immigration reform advocate


Brown Books Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Thuhang Tran, Sharon Orlopp
Publication Date
May, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.10 x 6.30 x 0.80 Inches

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Inspirational and well written!

This book was an amazing inspiration for my team and I. The story was motivational for all age groups and sincerely touched our hearts. This book was so well written it really made us take a look at our lives and put them in perspective. Just goes to show we can accomplish anything we put our minds too! Amazing Story!

Highly Recommended

This is an excellent story that touches on history, family, hope and perseverance against long odds. It is the story of one family's experiences in Viet Nam and upon relocating to the US, but has universal application to people around the world. Great work by two former Walmart associates!

Perfect title. It sums the book up well.

This book is about hope when there is non to be found, except within yourself. It's about moving forward when you don't think you can. It's about hard times, tough choices and never giving up. Thuhang's hope, drive and determination are felt throughout the book. She and her family are a true inspiration. She never gave up and has taught me that I still have so much more within me than I thought I had left. I have hope again and renewed belief in my own potential. To quote Thuhang, "if it is to be, it is up to me." Wow! Time for me to get started! Thank you Thuhang, Chinh and family, for sharing your story. If you know someone who needs inspiration in their life, this is the book for them. You will have new found hope and strength to keep moving forward. AMAZING BOOK!

Buy it. Read it. Share it. You won't regret it.

What an inspiring true story told from the eyes of both a brave and persevering child and her loving and courageous father. Rarely as an American have I had the opportunity to learn about the Vietnam war and aftermath from those in South Vietnam who were so desperately fighting for their beloved country. The story continues with a truly inspiring tale of the ultimate American Dream and what can be accomplished through a hard work ethic, modern medicine, faith, and a love for family. This book will inspire you to examine your own choices and how you choose to treat others that may br different from you. I am usually a pretty slow reader, but I could not put this one down. I hope someone snatches up the movie rights to this one quickly, because it would make an outstanding film. For anyone that ever saw Disney's ‘The Girl Who Spelled Freedom' I would say this an even better story. Buy it. Read it. Share it. You wont regret it.

I couldn't put the book down! As I read this story, I felt so clearly so many emotions, chapter after chapter. The power of hope, determination, perseverance, family, community, and giving back. Absolutely brilliant!!

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