C. L. Hoang
C. L. Hoang was born and raised in Vietnam during the war and came to the United States in the 1970's. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earns his living as an electronic engineer, with eleven patents to his name. Books, history, and travel are his hobbies.
His first book, "Once upon a Mulberry Field," is an award-winning novel set in Vietnam at the height of the war. It is followed by "Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees," an illustrated travelogue of his recent visit to the ancestral homeland and a former Amazon #1 New Release in Vietnam Travel Guides. "In the Shadow of Green Bamboos" is his latest publication, a collection of short stories about love and hope, resilience and survival, and an Amazon #1 New Release in Vietnam War History.
In the Shadow of Green Bamboos
Short Stories; Literary fiction; Historical Fiction; Asian American Literature; Cultural Heritage Fiction; War Fiction
Remarkable Tales of Love and Hope, Resilience and Survival, from the Vietnam War:
"In the Shadow of Green Bamboos" is a series of snapshots in the lives of a cross-section of people, Vietnamese and American, whose worlds were torn asunder by the Vietnam War:
A fortuitous encounter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; a father-and-son outing that echoes a childhood trauma; a harrowing haunting finally laid to rest; two young brothers at their innocent play; the recovery of a lost family keepsake; Grandma sharing a fairy tale with her granddaughter.
These captured moments, ordinary though they may seem, reveal the blessings of love and hope in the course of everyday life. The stories they tell also stand as testaments to the resilience and courage of survivors struggling to rebuild from the ashes of war.
Once Upon a Mulberry Field
Literary fiction; Historical Fiction; Asian American Literature; Cultural Heritage Fiction; War Fiction
A Gripping Story of Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Vietnam War:
As Roger Connors, a widower with no children, ponders whether to pursue aggressive treatment for his cancer, a cryptic note arrives from a long-lost USAF buddy announcing the visit of an acquaintance from Vietnam. The startling news resurrects ghosts of fallen comrades and haunting memories of the great love he once knew.
Shocking revelations from his visitor uncover a missing part of Roger's life he never dreamed possible. Peeling back one layer at a time, he delves into a decades-old secret in search of answers and traces of a passion unfulfilled.
From the jungles of Vietnam through the minefields of the heart, "Once upon a Mulberry Field" follows one man's journey to self-discovery, fraught with disillusionment and despair but ultimately redeemed by the power of love.
Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees
Non-fiction; Travel; Memoir; Southeast Asia History
Have you ever wondered what Vietnam is like some forty years after the war has ended? Then come along with the author as he returns to visit his ancestral homeland for the first time after a decades-long absence.
Retrace his steps with him around his former hometown of Saigon in the south, and then follow him along on an itinerary of discovery to other unique destinations throughout the country: Hoi-An, the best-preserved medieval seaport in Southeast Asia; Hue, the ancient capital of imperial Vietnam, on the central coast; Halong Bay, a world-renowned natural wonder; and Hanoi, the country's thousand-year-old capital, in the north.
Filled with historical and cultural tidbits and personal reminiscences, and illustrated with over forty photographs, "Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees" offers the reader an insightful and fascinating glimpse of this tropical land.