Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 19:31:10 -0800 (PST)

Le Ly Hayslip on humanitarian work in Vietnam

Irvine -- No individual has arguably done more to bring the Vietnamese and American people together on a people to people basis than Vietnamese American writer Le Ly Hayslip, whose chronicles of her life during and after the Vietnam War (When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (1989) and Child of War, Woman of Peace (1993) were turned into a major feature film, Heaven and Earth, by Oliver Stone. She is the subject of a new biography aimed at children, "Le Ly Hayslip" (Raintree, 2005).

On KUCI Monday November 21, 2005, Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, features an interview by show host Dan Tsang with Hayslip on her several decades of humanitarian work in Vietnam, begun during a period of U.S.-enforced embargo against Vietnam. The interview airs from 9-10 a.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, Calif., and is webcast simultaneously via

Hayslip discusses what motivates her humanitarian work (including outfitting a mobile library to teach literacy to rural children), and her continuing troubles with some in the local Vietnamese exile community, including California Assemblyman Van Tran, who blocked an effort by fellow state legislator Judy Chu to honor her recently, citing her progressive work at U.S.-Vietnam reconciliation.

She discusses the NGO she started, East Meets West Foundation (, as well as the NGO to which she is currently devoting her energy, Global Village Foundation, based in Carlsbad, Calif. (, which does humanitarian work in Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Joining in the discussion is UCI undergraduate Nhan Le.

The audio of this interview will be posted online shortly on the Subversity web site.

Thanx for listening.

See also:

"Old Wounds" by Joe Degan, San Diego Reader, 25 August 2005: (on aborted state assembly move and rightwing elements in the Vietnamese exile community).


Daniel C. Tsang
Host, Subversity Mondays 9-10 a.m. starting Oct. 31, 2005, on 88.9 fm,
Daniel Tsang, KUCI, PO Box 4362, Irvine CA 92616
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