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The Saigon SistersPrivileged Women in the Resistance$
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Patricia D. Norland

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749735

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749735.001.0001

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“We Could Not Stay Indifferent”

(p.194) 17 Xuan
The Saigon Sisters

Patricia D. Norland

Cornell University Press

This chapter details Xuan's path that led her from the jungle to London and back to Saigon in 1956. It narrates how she first met Lau in the maquis and then in England where they got married. It also talks about Xuan's studies in piano at the Royal College of Music and Lau's education at the London School of Economics and Oxford. The chapter discusses Xuan and Lau's return to southern Vietnam, where they had to keep a low profile teaching piano and raising four children. It mentions Xuan's resentment of the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, which she described as a dictatorial regime whose injustice the people had to bear daily.

Keywords:   Saigon sister, Xuan, Lau, Royal College of Music, London School of Economics, Ngo Dinh Diem

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