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Already imprisoned and tortured by the South Vietnamese government for her revolutionary sympathies as a child, author Le Ly Hayslip was later sentenced to death, raped, and then released at age 14 because she was suspected of being a spy. These traumatic experiences formed the basis of her two critically lauded memoirs that she published in America: When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, in 1989, and Child of War, Woman of Peace, in 1993. Oliver Stone’s 1993 film Heaven & Earth is based on her books. Hayslip is the founder of two charitable organizations: East Meets West Foundation and Global Village Foundation.