One of the most decorated groups that served in the Vietnam War, Chicanos fought and died in numbers well out of proportion to their percentage of the United States’ population. Yet despite this, their wartime experiences have never received much attention in either popular media or scholarly studies. To spotlight and preserve some of their stories, this book presents substantial interviews with Chicano Vietnam veterans and their families that explore the men’s experiences in combat, the war’s effects on the Chicano community, and the veterans’ postwar lives. Lea Ybarra groups the interviews topically to bring out different aspects of the Chicano vets’ experiences. In addition to discussing their involvement in and views on the Vietnam War, the veterans also reflect on their place in American society, American foreign policy, and the value of war. Veterans from several states and different socioeconomic classes give the book a broad-based perspective, which Ybarra frames with sociological material on the war and its impact on Chicanos.
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About the Author
LEA YBARRA is Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University and coeditor, with Edward James Olmos and Manuel Monterrey, of Americanos: Latino Life in the United States.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||The Vietnam War and the Mexican American Community||1|
|Part 2||Veterans Recall the War||13|
|2.||Idealism, Patriotism, and Politics||15|
|3.||A Matter of Conscience||95|
|4.||Psychological and Medical Issues in the Aftermath of Vietnam||121|
|5.||The Impact of War on Family||160|
|Frank and Socorro||192|
|Part 3||Overview of Issues Discussed by the Veterans||207|
|6.||The Impact of Differing Levels of Political and Cultural Awareness||209|
|7.||Psychological and Medical Problems||223|
|8.||What Did It All Mean?||232|
|10.||The Darkness of War by Juan Carlos Heredia||239|
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Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I don't know who reviews these books, but for instance, the section I'm interested in begins on page 84 and recounts the adventures of "John" who claims two tours in Vietnam. John's story is as bizarre as it is phony -- he claims to have joined the Army at age 16, got out, then was recruited by "DIA" after which he went through training including "airborne, ranger, and Green Beret" -- all lasting a few weeks at a time. No one in their right mind with any sense of the military or government would come close to believing such stupidity. This chapter alone reduces this book and likely the unfortunate true stories muddled in there to a work of complete nonsensical fiction.