The Other Side of the Sun: The True Story of One Refugee's Journey by Thien TangThe Other Side of the Sun: The True Story of One Refugee's Journey by Thien Tang

The Other Side of the Sun: The True Story of One Refugee's Journey

byThien Tang

Paperback | July 1, 2018

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As one of the boat people refugees, Thien escaped war-torn Vietnam on a harrowing journey that landed him in a Malaysian refugee camp. Thien Tang had an ordinary childhood living in South Vietnam until it became a Communist state. His father feared persecution of his family and sent his fourteen-year-old son into hiding for over a year. Upon his return, Thien attended a local high school and found a classmate sweetheart. Life once again was good. But it wasn't meant to last. Thien was forced to go back into hiding again with no hope of return. Like thousands of others, he fled Vietnam on a crowded boat in search of a new life. But first he had to cross the treacherous South China Sea to reach Malaysia.

Thien's ship was attacked by pirates and shot at by police. On land, he and his fellow refuges were jailed, starved, and beaten, but survival only brought on tougher challenges. The soldiers forced them at gunpoint back into their damaged boat to be towed to sea. He sought asylum in the United States but found the refuge he was seeking in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where he lives today.

Title:The Other Side of the Sun: The True Story of One Refugee's JourneyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2018Publisher:Pottersfield PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1988286352

ISBN - 13:9781988286358


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!!! I read this book and would recommend to anyone. The author has a way of making you understand more of a life of a refugee. I would consider this book in my top five!
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed Thank you, Thien, for sharing with your readers what your life was like before and during your harrowing journey to your new homeland in Canada. I am so impressed with your very descriptive writing…I felt like I was looking over your shoulder during your youthful adventures as well as during your trying escape. To devote seven years of your life to writing this book is commendable. I keep thinking about your book every day since I read it. This book is highly recommended for readers of all ages and is a great suggestion for teenagers and young adults.Our teenage grandchildren found that your book was a real eye-opener.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read -Tugs at Your Heart This memoir increased my knowledge & compassion for refugees. I appreciated reading a personal perspective on the very real human drama of the Vietnamese Boat People. Tang’s poignant story increased my knowledge & compassion for refugees. His words are telling and poetic. It tugged at my heart-strings. I've numerous autobiographies -this is one of my favourites.
Date published: 2018-07-09

Editorial Reviews

This is a graphic and beautifully-written account of Thien Tang's 30-month plight as a refugee from Vietnam during the 'boat people' exodus. It teaches us much about human resilience, optimism in the face of extraordinary hardship, love, evil and memory.