Autumn Cloud is the story of Jackie Bong Wright"s family from the French colonial period, through the Vietnam War, to the present. Born in 1940, at the beginning of World War II, Ms. Wright stands at the center of the modern Indochinese drama, which started in the last century, and has yet to be fully played out. While the Vietnam War is deeply ingrained in a generation of Americans, its history for us is often one-sided - flavored with blame, corrupt generals and politicians, drugs, the Viet Cong and Saigon bar girls. In telling her family"s story, she is also telling the story of countless Vietnamese families, ordinary people who struggled to make a success of their lives amidst chaos and upheaval. Ms. Wright moves from a girlhood on a Cambodian rubber plantation to school in Paris, marries a leading political dissident who is later murdered, escapes to America in 1975 with her children, and makes a new life, with a new American husband.
Jackie Bong Wright is chairperson of Wright International, Inc. After she immigrated to America, she helped found the Indochinese Refugees Social Services, Inc. and continues to be active in Vietnamese refugee issues today.
"Wright’s voice speaks to countless Vietnamese who survived foreign occupation and successive wars against the French, the Japanese, and the Americans. She writes of their struggle to make a success of their lives amidst the chaos and upheaval." Connecticut Post
"Ms. Bong-Wright beautifully narrates her happy memories of childhood and her family... Still, she expertly weaves the story of her family and her life with the cultural mores that still baffle most Westerners...The premise and telling of her story is beautifully written in clear and symbolic prose...The book is lovely and clear" Hillary Condon, Midland Reporter-Telegram
"Autumn Cloud is Jackie’s deeply personal story of the Vietnam conflict, and her triumph over life’s battles. The book is as much a celebration of her country and her people. Jackie shows Vietnam is not a one-word note, but many notes - indeed melodies." Featured by Jennie Ilustre in Asian Fortune
"A woman struggles to rebuild her life after the devastation of the Vietnam War." Indianapolis Star
"It is a truly remarkable story of a life lived amongst turmoil.The book is also a scholarly history of Vietnam (it contains a very helpful chronological outline of its history), the rise of French colonialism in that part of the world, a factual account of the benefits and evils of such imperialistic exploitation, and the results of the inevitable reaction to such governance by groups of opportunists of several kinds...If you want to try to understand what is going on in Southeast Asia and why, you can make no better start than to read this book. And then re-read it and admire the humanity, altruism, and tenacity of Autumn Cloud." Andrew Smith, Lebanon (MO) Daily Record