This chapter introduces Tuy?t, one of the thirty women whose case stories form the core of Haunting Images. When the author met her, Tuy?t was twenty-five years old and lived in an extended family in a rural village in Hanoi's Red River delta. The prologue describes the author's visit to this family shortly after Tuy?t had a pregnancy termination for fetal anomaly at twenty-seven weeks’ gestation. During this visit, Tuy?t and her relatives reflected on the prospects that the diagnosis of a fetal anomaly opened, pondering the moral implications of a second trimester abortion and the potential social consequences of having a disabled child. The family's knowledge of childhood disability was, the prologue shows, embodied and experiential: Tuy?t's younger brother Phúc had been severely disabled from birth. They assumed his impairment stemmed from his father's exposure to the herbicide dioxin nicknamed “Agent Orange,” which was sprayed by US airplanes over Vietnam during the Second Indochina War. This family's story introduces readers to the key themes that Haunting Images addresses, showing how questions of decision-making, disability, care, and belonging are embedded in the social life of a Hanoian family.
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