Đoàn Văn Toại

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Đoàn Văn Toại (born 1945 in Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-born naturalized American activist and the author of The Vietnamese Gulag. It was published in 1986 by Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, New York (ISBN 9780671603502 ISBN 0-671-60350-7), 351 pp.


Doan became an antiwar activist, a supporter of the National Liberation Front and vice president of the Saigon Student Union in 1969 and 1970, and spent time in jails in South Vietnam for antigovernment activities as a student leader. After the invasion of the North Vietnamese Army and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, he became a senior official of the Ministry of Finance under the Provisional Government. He soon disagreed on purely professional grounds with a superior official and was quickly and unceremoniously tossed into jail, for 28 months. He left Vietnam in May 1978 and like Truong Nhu Tang, went into exile in Paris.

In 1989 he was shot and seriously wounded by two Asian males as he was walking in the area around his home in California.[1] The shooting happened during a spate of attacks on foreign resident dissident Vietnamese and was widely believed to have been politically motivated.[1] Doan's advocacy of the recognition of the government of Vietnam and proposal that the US government should establish diplomatic ties was not universally liked in the Vietnamese community and there was speculation that he was shot by anti-Communist protestors.[1][2]

Doan Van Toai is also author of these books :

  • Documents on prisons in Viet-Nam
  • A Vietcong Memoir (Mémoires d'un Vietcong, w/ Nhu Tang Truong, David Chanoff)
  • 'Vietnam' A Portrait of its People at War (w/ David Chanoff)
  • Portrait of the Enemy: The Other Side of Vietnam, Told through Interviews with North Vietnamese, Former Vietcong and Southern Opposition Leaders (w/ David Chanoff).

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Vietnamese Author Who Advocated Ties With Hanoi Is Shot". New York Times. August 22, 1989. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ William F. Buckley Jr (October 9, 1989). "Vietnamese disagree on path to democracy". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved April 10, 2011.