Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities


In this book review of Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refugees, the author reviews the concept of “militarized refugee,” explores “memory” as a research framework, and attempts to connect the author’s memory to the memory of the author of the book. The paper is inspired by her own curiosity about the lives of her father and uncles who were directly involved in the Vietnam War, as well as her experience with the lack of relevancy in the history curriculum throughout her K-12 education.


Ngan Nguyen is a senior majoring in American Studies and Educational Studies. She was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. She currently lives in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is involved in many organizations on and off the Macalester campus. At Macalester, she is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Coalition (APIAC), a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellow, and a Bonner Community Scholar. Off campus, she is an intern at Breakthrough Twin Cities and was a teaching fellow at LearningWorks at the Blake Schools throughout her undergraduate years. She is the recipient of the Macalester College Presidential Leadership Award for Outstanding Seniors, the Manning Marable Memorial Award by American Studies department, and the Richard B. Dierenfield Award by the Educational Studies department. After graduation, she will be pursuing a Masters of Art in Teaching at Brown University.