The Tiger and the Hare

The Tiger and the Hare illuminates the important two-year period before war began in South Vietnam. The United States, through humanitarian efforts, hoped to help the government of South Vietnam to aid its people, including the Hmong in the hills, the focus of the well-educated young American protagonist Linnea working to assist them.

More than other books about Vietnam, this story assists comprehension in how the United States became ensnared in war and why it has remained an unhealed wound.

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The Tiger and the Hare offers an exciting and unusual take on America’s Vietnam adventure. Author Jane Chai presents the thrilling story of a young American woman caught up in the seething intrigue of South Vietnam in “the early days” of 1962 and 1963, an absolutely critical period which set the stage---for better or worse---for the massive U.S. intervention that followed later. She fully captures the mood and flavor of that time. She deftly weaves real-life events and personalities into the story, adding not only credibility but unique insight to her tale. The book is in fact a masterful blend of fact and fiction, an important historical novel that for those of us who served there in those critical years is probably the only way the true story can be properly told. The Tiger and the Hare is a major contribution to that elusive understanding. 
—James Rosenthal, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, 1961-1965.

The Tiger and the Hare
goes a long way in illuminating how the U.S. became ensnared in a war in my country. Skillfully told, a young American female scholar’s enchantment with the history and culture of Vietnam conflicts with the rigid aims of her own country. This riveting tale of discovery describes two lunar years essential to understanding the subsequent years of war. 
—Nguyen Van Canh, University of Saigon Professor of Law and Politics; Author, Vietnam Under Communism, 1975-1982, Hoover Institution

Ms. Chai does an admirable job of evoking the issues and atmosphere of Vietnam in the early sixties. 
—Calvin E. Mehlert, Foreign Service Officer (ret.), Aide to Edward G. Lansdale


Seoul National University:  The Resources of Central Asia
Seoul Korean Women’s Research Institute:  American Adolescent Education
Santa Clara University:  Osher Program:  The Silk Road
Foothill-DeAnza Colleges: Central Asia: The Silk Road
Institute for the Study of Western Civilization: The Silk Road
San Jose State University: Asian history, Culture & Security
Adjunct Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey: Southeast Asia

Consultant, Stanford University, Media and Instructional Technology
Writer, Editor, Producer, Division Head, Associated Press, New York
Editor for Asia, Japanese Reader’s Digest, Tokyo, Japan
Assistant to Norman Cousins, Saturday Review, New York
Assistant to President, Carnegie Council on Culture & International Affairs

Radio Interviews:

Interview on Late Nights In the Midlands with Micheal Vara
Interview on KROE - Public Pulse
Interview on Stony Brook with Morton Mecklosky
Interview on Talk of Connecticut with Chris Ryan
Interview on Nabuurs and Friends with Mike Nabuurs
Interview on Dresser After Dark with Micheal Ray Dresser
Interview on America Tonight with Kate Delaney
Interview on Lewis@Large with Warner Lewis

About the author:

Jane Miller Chai was a young American journalist based in Asia after graduating in Far Eastern History from Stanford University. Believing in the importance of history and culture in any potential conflict, she returned to the U.S. with the Associated Press in New York, focusing on Asia. At the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Southeast Asia was the focus, co-authoring Pacific Security with Claude Buss, the beloved professor responsible for Stanford alumni to become businessmen and statesmen in Asia. The author is on the board of the United Nations Association, Stanford/Palo Alto chapter, and is the Advocacy Chairperson. 

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