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SOLDADOS: CHICANOS IN VIET NAM, THE DOCUMENTARY
Soldados: 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 five Chicano soldiers during and after the Vietnam War.
It tells the story of five young Chicano men leaving their homes and families in Corcoran, California - many for the first time - to experience the most horrifying aspects of war in the rice paddies of Viet Nam. The story continues with their return home and the equally horrifying realization of how profoundly the journey has changed them.
Soldados contains interviews with the principals as well as their parents, wives, brothers, sisters, and children.
As with the book, Soldados, The Documentary, can serve as an important educational tool. 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 been 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.