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Cover of Soldados: Chicanos In VietnamSoldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam, the documentary is based upon the award winning book (American Book Award, 1991) of the same name. It explores the experiences of 5 Chicano soldiers in the Vietnam War. Transported from the cotton fields of Corcoran, California to the rice paddies of Viet Nam, veterans faced the most dangerous situation of their lives. For most of them, it was their first trip outside of their hometown and the first time without their families. Soldados will tell the tale of this journey: of young men leaving their families to experience the most horrifying aspects of war to their return home with the equally horrifying realization of how profoundly different the journey has made them. Soldados contains interviews with the principals as well as family members including parents, wives, brothers, sisters, and children.

Soldados will serve as an important educational tool in the same vein as the book. Nationally, 38 colleges and universities have used Soldados as a textbook. The book has also been successful in the popular literature market.

In the canon of the Vietnam War, stories of Chicano soldiers have been sadly overlooked. Their stories have not had a chance to be heard and included as part of historical record for this war. We hope that Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam will be the beginning of a remedy for this situation.

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