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Song Of The Buffalo Boy [Paperback]

Sherry Garland
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When American soldiers departed Vietnam, many left children behind—like seventeen-year-old Loi, whose fellow villagers ostracize her because she is con-lai, a half-breed and a reminder of her country’s tragic civil war. Only Khai, a young buffalo tender, shows her love and respect. Promised in an arranged marriage to a cruel older man, Loi flees to Ho Chi Minh City. Along with thousands of others, she applies for the chance to leave for the United States through the Amerasian Homecoming Program, and faces the most important decision of her life: Should she leave her beloved country, her family, and her gentle, loving Khai?     Includes a reader’s guide, an author’s note, and a glossary of Vietnamese words.

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From Publishers Weekly

PW singled out the "strongly atmospheric" writing, with its "graceful interpolations of Vietnamese words and references to Vietnamese culture and traditions," in this account of an Amerasian girl's journey toward self-realization. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 7-10-- Amerasian Loi grows up in a village in Vietnam, insulted by all, hated by many. A modern-day Cinderella, she works diligently for her uncle's family, is refused schooling, and made to share her mother's shame. Only Khai, a buffalo herder, sees Loi as a person, and proclaims his love. Lewd, unsavory Officer Hiep also wants her, and her fearful family agrees to the marriage. Loi and Khai run away, but their plan goes awry, and the young woman finds herself alone in Ho Chi Minh City. Armed with a photograph of her mother with an American soldier and a compelling desire to learn the truth of her birth, she survives the ordeals of the streets, helped by a brash, street-smart Vietnamese boy who wants more than anything to be an American. Loi finds a fairy godfather in a Vietnam vet who has come back to find his own child. He fails, but offers to sponsor her and take her to the U. S. She and Khai are reunited at the last minute, and all end happily. Garland speaks with an authentic voice, enveloping readers in the warm, fragrant air of rural Vietnam and the fumes and noisy crowds of what Loi still calls Saigon. She also speaks of the war and its devastation: families torn apart, brother fighting brother, and the lingering effects of defoliant. The easy use of Vietnamese adds to the realism. This is a compelling coming-of-age novel in which Loi has lived by rules that preclude her happiness in a land she loves. Only the neat resolution and fairy-tale ending weaken the otherwise well-told story. --Susan Middleton, LaJolla Country Day School, CA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelle May 2 2004
By Mayra
Format:Paperback
Title of the Book: Song of the Buffalo Boy
Author: Sherry Garland
Publishers: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Year Published: 1992
Author: Sherry Garland was born in Rio Grande Valley, Texas she was born on July 24th. She attended The University of Texas at Arlington; she received a bachelor's degree in French. She majored in linguistics and in English. She has written twenty-five books, both for children and adult. Most of her books are about Vietnam.
Thesis: Some people live in places where they have to very concern about their cultures and traditions, which it keeps them from going beyond and do something good for their selves. The main idea of the book is to believe in yourself, no matter how hard it takes to get what you want never give up. Courage is what everyone needs to get something that would be called "prohibited", unless you fight for it which good rewards come after.
Summary and Analysis:
Vietnamese people hated Americans because they were the ones, who had destroyed and poisoned their town, and since Loi was half American she was not welcomed. The only person who would talk to Loi except her family was Khai, a young l boy that Loi loved. Her uncle wanted to marry her to an officer but Loi did not wanted to marry him but she didn't wanted to go against her uncle's words. Loi and Khai decided to run away but they got separated because of Khai's brother. Loi goes to the city by herself hoping that Khai will come after her, but after a few weeks she realizes that Khai would never come. As she explores the dangerous city she gets an opportunity to go to America and find her father but she gives up that opportunity when she sees that her love one has come to get her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Buffalo Boy Oct. 29 2003
Format:Paperback
Song of the Buffalo Boy is a wonderful book about some of the effects of the war in Vietnam. It was written by Sherry Garland. It is 282 pages, but has a double-spaced format, which makes it fly by. It tells the story of a fifteen year old farm girl in a town near Da Nang, Vietnam. She is very tall, with large hands and curly black hair. This is because she is Amerasian. During the Vietnam war, many Vietnamese women slept with soldiers for money. Loi remembers being with a tall blonde man and her mother when she was young. He seemed kind, and gentle. She has a picture of herself, her mother and this soldier. She is certain that this is her father, although whenever she brings up the subject her mother won't tell her anything. Her dream is to go to America and find her father. She has no idea about the Amerasian Homecoming project, which was set up in Vietnam for children of the wars. It was a real program that gave over 80,000 Amerasian children the opportunity to go to America.. The other dream she has is to ,marry a young Buffalo herder by the name of Khai. They love each other, but his family thinks it will be dishonorable for him to marry a Con-Lai. A Con-Lai means a half breed in Vietnamese. This book takes place in 1989, but it seems like a long time before that because her lifestyle is so simple. The author did a really great job at describing things and giving the characters distinct, passionate personalities. It isn't a predictable book at all. The books takes many twists and turns, ending in one final curve in the story. I thought this book gave a really wonderful insight into the lives of farming Vietnamese in this time period, and is probably fairly the same today. She did a lot of research for this book, and it was one of the most phenomenal books that I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Buffalo boy Oct. 29 2003
Format:Paperback
Song of the Buffalo Boy is a wonderful book about some of the effects of the war in Vietnam. It was written by Sherry Garland. It is 282 pages, but has a double-spaced format, which makes it fly by. It tells the story of a fifteen year old farm girl in a town near Da Nang, Vietnam. She is very tall, with large hands and curly black hair. This is because she is Amerasian. During the Vietnam war, many Vietnamese women slept with soldiers for money. Loi remembers being with a tall blonde man and her mother when she was young. He seemed kind, and gentle. She has a picture of herself, her mother and this soldier. She is certain that this is her father, although whenever she brings up the subject her mother won't tell her anything. Her dream is to go to America and find her father. She has no idea about the Amerasian Homecoming project, which was set up in Vietnam for children of the wars. It was a real program that gave over 80,000 Amerasian children the opportunity to go to America.. The other dream she has is to ,marry a young Buffalo herder by the name of Khai. They love each other, but his family thinks it will be dishonorable for him to marry a Con-Lai. A Con-Lai means a half breed in Vietnamese. This book takes place in 1989, but it seems like a long time before that because her lifestyle is so simple. The author did a really great job at describing things and giving the characters distinct, passionate personalities. It isn't a predictable book at all. The books takes many twists and turns, ending in one final curve in the story. I thought this book gave a really wonderful insight into the lives of farming Vietnamese in this time period, and is probably fairly the same today. She did a lot of research for this book, and it was one of the most phenomenal books that I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Buffalo Boy
Have you ever wondered how it was for children that had American fathers but lived in Vietnam? Well this story Son of the Buffalo Boy is just about that. Read more
Published on March 28 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The Decision Between a Vietnamese and an American
A girl born in Vietnam has fallen in love with a buffalo herder who has seen the mayhem in the war. The girl, Loi lives on the streets. Read more
Published on March 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Buffalo Boy
Loi wanted to get married with Khai but her mom and uncle made her get married with Officer Hiep and she doesn't want to so she escapes to Saigon so she can go to America and find... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Buffalo Boy
I think this story portrayed some very delicate subjects pertaining to the Vietnam War. This book addressed issues that are often left out of school history curriculum for various... Read more
Published on June 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great Vietnamese cultrue romance novel
I had read this book when I'm a freshman in highschool. I just happen to find the book and begin reading. I really like the book. Read more
Published on Dec 7 1999 by Leilani Vo
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be more realistic according to the time it is set i
I sounded like it was set maybe a hundred years ago... not in the '80s. You may argue that I'm just am ignorant of the fact that Vietnam is still 'backwards', but as a person who... Read more
Published on June 14 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars uh...
The story line is great and everything, but the writing is terrible! I found million of ways that the story could have been more decriptive and definetely better written. Read more
Published on May 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a good, exciting, and overall cool book!
I like this book because as I said, it was good, exciting, and overally cool! I think that Sherry Garland used very descriptinve words, and its really cool that she threw in some... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 1997
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