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Face of the Enemy: An American Asian's War in Vietnam and at Home by David O. Chung

Face of the Enemy: An American Asian's War in Vietnam and at Home

by David O. Chung

436 pages
The story of David O. Chung, an Asian American Vietnam veteran whose activism connects him to FedEx, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the VA Secretary’s Office in Washington DC.

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About the Book
Face of the Enemy is not your run-of-the-mill memoir. The second son of a mixed-race family of mainly Asian descent was challenge enough. His father’s American values were overpowered by his mother’s enforcement of the traditional Chinese culture of her homeland. His home life couldn’t have been more dissimilar than the culture of 1960s Chicago that was just outside his front door. Out on the streets, his Asian face said, “I’m not one of you.” At home, his status as the Number Two son said, “I am a servant.”

Chung, Doc to his friends, quickly learned that he had two identities, and that he was trapped in between them. He had to fight, many times with his fists, to discover where his place was in his own country.

The Vietnam War was winding down when Chung joined the Air Force. As a transportation specialist for the United States Air Force in Vietnam, he made sure aircraft delivering supplies were loaded and balanced properly. How much trouble could there be? Plenty, as he discovered.

Many of his American comrades in arms viewed him with suspicion. He had the face of the enemy. The Vietnamese took one look at his American uniform and knew he was not one of them.

After coming home from Vietnam, Doc found his own country struggling to move on from an unpopular war. The public blamed the veterans, some of whom were struggling with the demons they had brought home with them. The only defense from the public shaming was for veterans to hide in plain sight. Uniforms were packed away. Nightmares weren’t talked about. The only thing that remained the same for Doc was the racism and bigotry.

How do you overcome having the face of the enemy? How do you free yourself from the jaws of a trap that is part of who you are? Doc found the answer in saying yes. Saying yes to joining a fledgling company called Federal Express. Saying yes to joining veterans groups to help change the way Vietnam veterans were treated. Saying yes to the journey of driving the Vietnam Women’s Memorial across the country to Washington DC. Saying yes to a position in the Veterans Affairs Office in Washington DC. Saying yes to changing his own life through helping others.

This is a memoir of an ordinary man with an extraordinary conviction to change the status quo, first through activism, and then through an uncanny understanding of how to navigate the bureaucratic obstacles of the United States government.


...this book brought back and is still bringing back some old remembrances and feelings. War does that. We may be far away from the time and place, but it's never really all that distant. The book is wonderfully written and Doc's story is one that should be on everyone's reading list.
- Kregg P.J. Jorgenson, Vietnam veteran and Author
The book is, by equal measures, a sober reflection on how childhood experiences can affect us throughout our adult lives, a brutally honest account of the confusing and terrifying experience of active service in a war zone, and a deeply philosophical reflection on how we try to deal with the demons of our past and build a useful and constructive life. In places, the narrative is heartbreakingly tragic and bleak, and in others, inspirational and life-affirming.
- Andy Johnson, British Army veteran and Author



About the Author
David O. Chung David O. Chung is a US Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam during the Easter Offensive of 1972. He then spent 25 years with Federal Express, served on the board of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, and appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Office for Minority Veterans.



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