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My Journey from Vietnam War Child to American Citizen


Sau Le Hudecek

Genre: Memoir / Inspirational

Publisher: Texas Christian University Press

Date of Publication: June 15, 2017

Number of Pages: 160

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    Born in a demilitarized zone during the Vietnam War to a Vietnamese mother and American soldier, Sau Le arrived in the United States as a young woman with only twenty dollars in her pocket. Though bullied and abused since childhood, she nevertheless came to her new homeland armed with courage and determined to build a decent life for herself, her infant son, and her traumatized mother. This is the story of how she overcame every conceivable hurdle—significant culture shock, a daunting language barrier, serious illness, heartbreak, and betrayal—to become a landlord, a successful business owner, a joyous wife and mom, and a woman blessed with generous, loyal friends. She describes an arduous journey, both physical and emotional, from a place of terror and utter despair to a life overflowing with love and prosperity. Ultimately, this is a story of hope, something Sau Le thought she’d lost long ago in the minefields of Vietnam. Her goal is both to uplift and to remind everyone born on American soil that anything in this land is possible for those willing to put dedication, faith, and passion to work.
Praise for The Rebirth of Hope:
"Sau Le has an innate abundance of beauty, wisdom, loyalty and dignity which led her to overcome unbelievable challenges and fully realize her dream in America. Thus proving once again that adversity builds character. I couldn't put it down."
—Dan Jenkins, bestselling author of Semi-Tough
“Sau Le lifted her head and walked through years of hard work and determination, inspiring other women along the way! Every word of her personal journey was written to remind all of us!” 
—Robin Sanders, Sanders Travel Agency
“An inspiring story of a Vietnam refugee’s journey to achieve the ‘American Dream.’ This book is a lesson for everyone.” 
—Martin C. Bowen, financial executive
“To have written this remarkable story is one more example of the focus and tenacity that Sau Le Hudecek has shown in achieving her previous goals. You will remember this gripping tale of resilience and courage.” 
—Gail Williamson Rawl
“A truly inspirational story of a fearless person who overcame unbelievable odds to make a better life and obtain the ‘American dream.’” 
—Janie Beggs
    Sau Le Hudecek owns a successful salon in Fort Worth, Texas, while still serving her own elite clientele.  In 1993, she arrived in the United States at the age of 22 and was sworn in as a citizen in 2001. She lives with her family in Granbury enjoying the sunsets from their home on the lake.

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"When I was six years old, the night before school started, my sister was killed by a land mine."

The above sentence is the opener to this book, whose full title is: "The Rebirth of Hope - My Journey from Vietnam War Child to American Citizen."

Even though the opening is a hard shock, and though the pages and chapters are filled with hardship, interlaced within is also a sense of hope and a voice that is at once kind and accepting, while pragmatic and honest. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to relive those memories and write them, especially with such dedication and excellence in the writing itself.

With this book, I learned things about immigration that I always wondered and didn't know. It is also a stark reminder of the privilege we have in this country: a privilege we should never take for granted.

I can see book clubs loving this book, and it is short enough for everyone to digest, but big on content, and I would imagine this book would lend itself well to discussion. I wish Texas schools actually had time for social studies and not just test taking, as this would be a memorable account for Texas students to encounter. Excellent job, Sau Le Hudecek, I'm so glad you told your story. Highly Highly Recommend. (Would you ever think about making an audio? There is really nothing to lose, and I think your story would be even more compelling when heard orally.)
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