Book Review of Performing Remembering: Women’s Memories of War in Vietnam, by Rivka Syd Eisner
John Edward Ellis
United States Army Reserve, US
Ellis is a freelance writer and essayist. His work has been published in Relief Journal, Able Muse Review, Embodied Effigies Magazine, Ginosko, Jonah Magazine, and others. He was awarded a graduate fellowship at Saint Mary's College of California where he taught creative writing and composition and earned an M.F.A in creative nonfiction. Ellis serves in the United States Army Reserve and was a contributing editor for Warriors Always Ready Inc., a nonprofit benefitting veterans, reservists, and national guardsmen.
This essay reviews Performing Remembering: Women’s Memories of War in Vietnam, by Rivka Syd Eisner. Performing Remembering serves as an ethnographic study and oral history, recounting the wartime experiences of the Former Women Political Prisoner Performance Group, a volunteer musical theatre troupe comprised of Vietnamese veterans from Vietnam’s Anti-French War and American War.