to the book description of Pass Me the Rice, “Vietnam. It’s perhaps one of least known
yet most controversial wars in American history. What’s even more obscure are the tales of Americans serving in the
country and interacting with the culture of war-torn Vietnamese civilians. Pass Me the Rice shares these experiences with
Pass Me the Rice, author Robert G. Kay reveals the everyday life of an American advisor during the Vietnam War in a true,
historical and often humorous account of his experiences while serving the first two of his eventual eight years in country.
The book provides a unique perspective on the early Vietnam War by offering a glimpse of Americans’ encounters with
Vietnamese armed forces and civilians.
an expert in Vietnamese culture, Kay’s novel also sheds light on the value of casting off ethnocentric worldviews. It
offers an inside look at a country in a prolonged war for survival and a period of history frequently cast aside. “The
book shows how to deal with another culture in the most dire of circumstances and why we shouldn’t judge other cultures
by our own standards,” Kay says. “It is necessary to be aware of culture and avoid making mistakes that are viewed