see: our ancestors" (ix). Was there a conflict between the pro-invader and pro- Vietnamese songs, the pro-North and pro-South songs, the war songs and the songs of peace? Scenes of this joyous reunion are interwoven with the brutal war years, offering a poignant picture of vietnam, then and now, and of a courageous woman who experienced the true horror of the Vietnam Warand survived to tell her unforgettable story. The means of survival were not looked down on so much as a disgrace, but as young woman trying to do the best she can to keep her and her family alive. Selling one's body was not looked highly upon. Once in America, Le Ly knew she could not sever her roots from the home she loved, as long as she was called to help her struggling home country. Le Ly Hayslip 7 editions First published in 1989. After her father died, she realized just how connected the past is with the future and was determined to please her father's spirit in everything she did. However, as we see Le Ly do throughout the book, peasants do not completely abandon their family traditions. "In the name of my father and all the other victims of war, I founded an agency in 1987 to help my brothers and sisters in Vietnam while helping my brothers and sisters in the United States come back from their wartime experiences" (367).
Hao binh means no more war. When heaven and earth changed places. They are her questions, because from the beginning Le Ly has been preoccupied with the deeper issues of war and peace: why nations fight, who the combatants are, what forces are acting on them, and what can be done to bring an end to the. As for the songs of peace, they spoke of the unattainable, barely imaginable dreamthe dream of a time quite unlike the divided present. Her family was depending on Le Ly to bridge the gap between Vietnam and America to bring help to the peasants. As the government and Viet Cong troops fought in and around Ky La, both sides recruited children as spies and saboteurs. That is why she needs to convey the exact horror of war to her readers. Le Ly, barely in her teens, was rewarded in an appropriate way: The Viet Cong taught all the children in the village to sing the Song for Sister Lya partriotic song about a Viet Cong heroine who was Le Lys namesake. Le Ly thought about the welfare of her family when she was going from job to job. Le Ly never forgot about honoring the past while trying to better conditions for her future generations. And almost twenty years after her escape to Ameica, she was drawn inexorably back to the devastated country and family she left behind. Naturally, the Viet Cong were not able to understand how their loyal and heroic young supporter Le Ly had managed to be released from the notorious Republican interrogation center after only two days, and came.