A cropped version of the photo—with the press photographers to the right removed—was featured on the front page of The New York Times the next day. We all know now that that only makes it worse and she passed out. The book opens during the mid 1990s as Kim Phuc, now an adult living in Toronto, re-lives the events of the horrific firebombing to journalists who are pursuing a follow-up story decades later. Kim Phuc was 9 years old in 1972 when she was severely burned by napalm after a misplaced air strike on her village in South Vietnam, and this incident would forever shape her life. Dioxin poisoning still causes major birth defect in children born in this area. It was very informative to me also to learn the history of Vietnam after the Americans left from the Vietnamese point of view. The book talks of people living in tunnels during the course of this war.
She just wanted to go home and be a child again. Later, the pair met in a Washington hotel room for an interview with a Canadian documentary crew. For her the civilians are the ones suffering the highs and lows, from prosperity and safety to poverty and a life of danger. She defies the odds and returns home after long, arduous medical treatments, but she continues to endure nightmares, headaches, sensitivity to heat, and other medical complications for the rest of her life. The Cu-Chi tunnels as well as those in the north had fitted some of the entrances with curious yet fatal sharp steel rods, which led to instant death of the enemy. It was only after treatment at a renowned special clinic in , , in 1982, that Kim Phúc was able to properly move again. Archived from on June 8, 2011.
This is a fascinating story, very sad at times, scary, depressing but also full of hope. Like Kim, he has also relocated to the West and now resides peacefully in Los Angeles. Truer words have yet to be spoken, especially when you read this book, you feel that being a survivor has its own set of issues, which can be quite morbid at times. Her photograph - one of the most unforgettable images of the twentieth century - was seen around the world and helped turn public opinion against the Vietnam War. For the world to see a child running in terror from an earth-shaking explosion; to see her body and clothes burned away from the excruciatingly painful napalm boiling into her bones; to look straight into her eyes and identify with her humanity… this is a picture to end a war. I was impressed with her public speaking skills and natural ability to inspire as well.
A 1987 visit to her mother's ancestral village in Guangdong inspired Chong's best-known book, The Concubine's Children 1994. The Vietnamese government found a national treasure -- and a propaganda tool. Her presentation reassured me about the strength that we all possess. Towards the end it loses some steam in the execution and would benefit from some more brevity, but on the whole this is a successful, efficiently written biography that opens a few intriguing windows on one of modern time's most infamous episodes. An unforgettable photo of a child — running naked, crying, and badly burned by a napalm strike — was not only influential in turning public opinion during the Vietnam war, but kept an enduring legacy as the embodiment of the senselessness and cruelty of war.
But war and bombs do not spare even the innocent. Denis Chong writes emphatically but does not forsake the brutality of the Vietnam War and its ongoing regime and control of Kim in the aftermath. More amazingly, she has met the man that coordinated the attacks on her village. The Girl in the Picture is still an important reminder of the horrors that both war and those with power inflict on the innocent. In 1997, she passed the Canadian citizenship test with, reportedly, a perfect score. You will be touched by her story, but also by the plight of the Vietnamese people.
This book is the story of how that photograph came to be - and the story of what happened to that girl after the camera shutter closed. For the first time, she started believing her life had a plan. Archived from on March 2, 2003. Christopher Wain, a correspondent for the British Independent Television Network who had given Phuc water from his canteen and drizzled it down her burning back at the scene, fought to have her transferred to the American-run Barsky unit. After a 14-month hospital stay and 17 surgical procedures, however, Kim Phuc was able to return home. Through all the suffering in her life, Phuc maintains a joyful outlook. He argued the photo's news value far outweighed any other concerns, and he won.
And each time, she paints an unforgettable image of her life and how it was altered by the click of a camera. The book opens during the mid 1990s as Kim Phuc, now an adult living in Toronto, re-lives the events of the horrific firebombing to journalists who are pursuing a follow-up story decades later. War is terrible and I want to stop war, not just in Vietnam but in the world. In 1992, the 29-year-old Kim and her new husband were granted permission to spend their honeymoon in Moscow. Then suddenly, once again, the photo that had given her unwanted fame brought opportunity. She had never believed anyone would ever want her because of the ugly patchwork of scars that banded across her back and pitted her arm, but Bui Huy Toan seemed to love her more because of them.
Kim Phuc went to Cuba for education and I found this very interesting. I don't see how anyone could not be touched by this story. Look a little closer, though, and you will find a powerful deconstruction of wartime politics and moving commentary about humanity itself. The war between the two halves of a country for its unification can be termed as being inevitable, especially given the contrast between the two regions in terms of their individual growth. That terrified little girl is still alive today and has become an eloquent testimony to the authenticity of that photo. To some, the photograph — taken by Vietnamese photographer Nick Ut — represents the destruction and senselessness of war.
Badly burned after her village was bombed with napalm, the girl runs toward the camera, her mouth open in pain, her arms held loose at her sides. Wish this had been in the hands of a better writer. I struggle with action, and saw in Kim's life that there were several times she formulated a plan and carried it off and it had huge impact on the course of her life. Here, you can see her struggling to make her facts — which range from the history of the Vietnam war to the intricacies of making and selling noodle soup — fit into the confines of a book. In fact, the book is written realistically in that no experience is honey coated or exaggerated.