Return To Saigon

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20050425Thirty years after the fall of Saigon, Megan Williams travels back to her Vietnamese homeland to face up to both fond and painful memories.|Visiting the communist plantation where she was forced to work in the aftermath of the war and meeting old friends and colleagues she left behind for the democracy of America, she undergoes a journey of discovery as she hears stories from women who did not escape the incoming communist regime.|Megan Williams, or Hoang Mong Thu as she was born, has for the past 26 years lived in the US.|She arrived in Alabama as a Vietnamese refugee in 1979, a lonely and petrified teenager who had spent months alone living in refugee camps in Malaysia.|Born in Saigon in 1958, the eighth daughter in a family of 15 children, Megan was brought up in a hard working home above the family restaurant that served soldiers from the nearby American air base.|After her parents refused to turn the family restaurant into a bar to serve the lonely American soldiers, the family lost their contract for the restaurant, which meant moving to a small suburb of Saigon.|As the war wore on the family struggled, and as the communists from the North swept into Saigon in 1975, the family had no choice but to join the incoming ruling party to escape the transfer to the Northern jungles of the Americanised South Vietnamese people.