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Little Sister Left Behind by Samantha Lê

Cover of Las hijas de Juan: Daughters BetrayedIn this, her first novel, Samantha Lê composes a stunning requiem of childhood, loss, and transformation with the aid of memory and heart. The novel transports us to Viet Nam in 1974 where a family’s strong bonds are weakened by radical social change. We follow our heroine's father, mother, and sisters as they overcome peeping-toms, near drownings, and marital infidelities. We are with them on their trip to Bangkok, San Francisco, and finally to San Jose, California, where old familial bonds give way to the frustrations written into our “American Dream”…frustrations with which all immigrants are familiar. The story culminates in the life-and-death struggle between Father’s unrealized aspirations and our heroine’s fated attempt to free herself from the bonds of tradition and circumstance.

Little Sister Left Behind is a tender, unapologetic look at the Vietnamese experience over the last thirty years—both in Vietnam and in America. The troubled relationship between our heroine and her family ultimately reveals the universal human tenderness and cruelty that places in high relief the ties that bond us with one another.

Soft Cover, 222 pages, ISBN 1-891823-11-6, Price $14.95

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Vietnam, Samantha Lê immigrated to the United States in 1983. She received her writing training and education from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and San Jose State University. The recipient of several James D. Phelan Literary Awards and the National League of American Pen Women Poetry Award, Lê is also the editor of Holding Up the Sky, a collection of non-fiction stories, and Powerful Whispers Breaking Barriers, a collection of poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as an owner of a successful design agency. Currently working on a collection of poetry, titled Meet Me Between the Lions in Luxembourg, Lê resides in San Jose, California.

Lê's publications include: “Good Intentions Are for Fools,” Paper Street Press; “A Moment to Remember,” Pen Pushers Publications; “Running Backwards,” JMW Publishings; My Solitude, a collection of spoken poetry and original music on CD, Chusma House Publications; Corridors, a collection of poetry and short stories, Chusma House Publications; and Little Sister Left Behind, Chusma House Publications.

Provocaciones; Letters from the Prettiest Girl in Arvin
by Rafaela G. Castro

Cover of Las hijas de Juan: Daughters BetrayedA collection of sensitive essays that depict the lives of a close knit Mexican family living first in Arvin, in the San Joaquin Valley, and later in the San Francisco Bay Area. These insightful, loving, guilt ridden, and at times very sad narratives, reveal the religious, moral, cultural, and ethical values of a young girl raised in the 1950s and 1960s in a Mexican Catholic working class home. We are told stories about a special Mexican mother-daughter relationship; about loving oneís family but needing to leave it; about living in another country and loving it; and about the role of the Peace Corps in the lives of young Americans of the 1960s. The essays cover the years from the late 1930s, when the authorís parents married and came to California from New Mexico, to the 1990s when their lives ended. In between those years their special marriage experienced intense love and intense tragedy.

Soft Cover, 162 pages, ISBN 1-891823-10-8, Price $13.95

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rafaela G. Castro was born in Bakersfield, California, but has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent two years in Brazil with the Peace Corps before receiving degrees in English Literature, Library Science, and Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. She has lectured in Ethnic Bibliography and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley, and recently retired from the Humanities/Social Sciences department of Shields Library at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Dictionary of Chicano Folklore.

Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam the Documentary
by Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee

Cover of Las hijas de Juan: Daughters BetrayedSoldados: 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.

DVD, 28 minutes, color, ISBN 0-935047-47-6, Price $15.95 (Institution $135.95)
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VHS, 28 minutes, color, ISBN 1-891823-07-8, Price $14.95 (Institution $125.95)
Poster, color, 22"x28", Price $10.00


Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam the Soundtrack

Cover of Las hijas de Juan: Daughters BetrayedSoldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam sound track. This collection of original music was created especially for the documentary of the same name. The music varies from a traditional Norteno Corrido to Rhythm and Blues, Vietnamese folk music, and a folk ballad. Jerry Sauceda wrote and arranged the music.

The Soldados documentary first premiered on a national broadcast on PBS as part of the acclaimed POV documentary series directed and produced by Sonya Rhee and Charley Trujillo.

CD, Soundtrack, Price $10.00
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Xicana on the Run (bilingual) by Gloria L. Velásquez

Cover of Las hijas de Juan: Daughters BetrayedConsidered an early pioneer of contemporary Xicana literature, Gloria Velásquez began writing and publishing her poetry during the Xicano civil rights struggle of the 1960s and 70s. Velásquez is the author of the widely acclaimed book of poetry, I Used to Be a Superwoman, and the popular Roosevelt High School Series. In Xicana on the Run, Velásquez reconstructs a Chicana consciousness that addresses issues of politics, love, war, solitude, poverty and feminism. Velásquez's poetry reveals a variety of political perspectives and themes that are both universal and personal. In paying homage to her humble barrio roots, Velasquez includes vintage photographs from her childhood, which illustrate her desire to further immortalize her parents, Juan and Francisca, and her only brother, Fini, who was killed in Vietnam. A foremost Chicana Chingona literary activist, Velásquez succeeds in empowering La Raza, young adults, women, and many other diverse ethnic groups in this powerful and compelling collection of poetry.

Soft Cover, 112 pages, ISBN 1-891823-09-4, Price $11.95

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gloria Velásquez is a Professor in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Velásquez is currently touring throughout the United States performing songs and poetry from her Superwoman Chicana CD as well as mentoring youth with her Roosevelt High Series of young adult books.

My Solitude by Samantha Lê

Cover of Las hijas de Juan: Daughters BetrayedMy Solitude by Samantha Lê is a collection of poetry accompanied by jazz music. Her mellifluous voice is enhanced by the music that varies from sultry to melancholy to visceral contemplation. Samantha Lê is the author of a collection of poetry Corridors. She is currently working on a novel Damaged that will be published by Chusma House Publications.

CD, 10 tracks, poetry accompanied by jazz music, Price $10.00

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Vietnam, Samantha Lê immigrated to the United States in 1983. She received her writing training and education from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and San Jose State University. The recipient of several James D. Phelan Literary Awards and the National League of American Pen Women Poetry Award, Lê is also the editor of Holding Up the Sky, a collection of non-fiction stories, and Powerful Whispers Breaking Barriers, a collection of poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as an owner of a successful design agency. Currently working on a collection of poetry, titled Meet Me Between the Lions in Luxembourg, Lê resides in San Jose, California.

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