This is the story of war in Vietnam from the inside. Cao Ngoc Phuong beganworking in the slums of Saigon in 1954, and during the American war she joinedThich Nhat Hanh in founding the School of Youth for Social Service, anorganisation that grew out of a dedication to social change into a body of10,000 young people who helped to set up medical, educational and agriculturalfacilities in the bombed villages and backwaters of rural Vietnam. Her memoirreflects her spiritual growth against a backdrop of war and suffering, andoffers many inspiring examples of how to live a life of service.
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SISTER CHAN KHONG was born in a village on the Mekong River Delta in 1938. As a teenager propelled by her passionate dedication to social change, she began working in the slums of Saigon distributing food, helping the sick, and teaching children. At the age of 21, she joined Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in founding the School of Youth for Social Service, which grew to an organization of over 10,000 young people organizing medical, educational, and agricultural facilities in rural Vietnam, and rebuilding villages destroyed by the war. Sister Chan Khong became well known in the anti-war and peace community for her work promoting human rights and protesting repression and violence, often at risk of her own life. Sister Chan Khong continues to work closely with Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam and in Plum Village, his retreat center and community-in-exile in France.
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