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Josphine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.001.0001

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Goddess of Reconciliation

Goddess of Reconciliation

Le Ly Hayslip’s Memoirs

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(p.165) 6 Goddess of Reconciliation
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Cold War Friendships
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Josephine Nock-Hee Park

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.003.0007

Chapter 6 reads Le Ly Hayslip’s paired autobiographies, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace as major acts of reframing the war. In these works, the refugee claims center stage. The chapter considers Hayslip’s direct address to the wounded GI and the humanitarian partnership she offers as a critical rehabilitation of the friendly. Hayslip’s efforts are read in relation to the contexts of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist philosophy of peace and Maxine Hong Kingston’s writing workshops for veterans. This chapter situates Hayslip’s politics within a spiritual and literary tradition that exposes American violence as it caters to American desires for healing.

Keywords:   When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Child of War, Woman of Peace, Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese refugee, Heaven and Earth, Oliver Stone, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maxine Hong Kingston

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