Privileged Women in the Resistance: A Book Launch Discussion on The Saigon Sisters

Please join us for a book launch discussion with author Patricia Norland and Professor Lien-Hang T. Nguyen.

The Saigon Sisters shares the stories of nine Vietnamese women who as childhood friends studied at a premier French school in Saigon and as adults chose to support Vietnam’s fight for independence. Through many interviews, letters, and exchanges, Patricia Norland traces these women’s individual stories as they follow different paths in pursuit of a shared ideal and how their stories converge again after the war.


Patricia “Kit” Norland, author of The Saigon Sisters and a former public diplomacy officer with the U.S. Department of State

Patricia D. Norland most recently worked as a public diplomacy officer within the U.S. Department of State. She is the translator of Beyond the Horizon and the author of Vietnam in the Children of the World series as well as author of The Saigon Sisters.

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Chair in the History of the United States and East Asia, Columbia University

Dr. Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is the author of Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (2012), the forthcoming Tet ’68: The Battles that Changed the Vietnam War and the Global Cold War, and serves as General Editor of The Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, 3 volumes. She is currently working on a study of gender and people’s diplomacy during the Vietnam War era. At Columbia, she is the co-founder of the Vietnam Studies Program.

This event is supported by the War Legacies Working Group.

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