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Careers in Peacebuilding Talk Story Series: “The Saigon Sisters: Vietnamese Women Offer Insights into Peace”

Date and Time: Thursday, September 21 | 12 pm Hawaii time

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The Story

While 30,000 books have been written about war in Vietnam, few are by Vietnamese and fewer still by Vietnamese women. As military historian Thomas Ricks asks, “How much longer will American scholars try to understand the Vietnam War while largely disregarding the views of the victors?” (5/30/21 NYT book review) The Saigon Sisters: Privileged Women in the Resistance helps fill that void by presenting the views of women who joined the anti-French resistance in the 1940s and fight for independence through the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. An oral biography, The Saigon Sisters presents women’s stories in their own words.

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About Patricia D. Norland

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. Background on the Saigon sisters and supporting characters in their stories is available at:

About José Barzola

José Barzola has a passion for creating social change through nonviolence, nurturing relationships that transcend cultural barriers, and focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He is a highly organized higher education administrator with 20 years of experience and success in administration, student development within academic and student affairs. José has also been an affiliate faculty teaching courses on peace and conflict resolution, a professional mediator and facilitator for 10 years both in New York and Hawaii. He is currently the Conflict and Peace Specialist at the Office of the Provost and Affiliate Faculty at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.


  • Cornell University Press
  • Conflict and Peace Specialist
  • Matsunaga Institute for Peace


Sep 21 2023


Time stated in HST.
12:00 PM

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