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Title
Oral History of Tuan Anh Nguyen
Creator
Nguyen, Tuan Anh
Contributor
Nguyen, Desiree
Date Created and/or Issued
2017-02-28
Contributing Institution
UC Irvine, Libraries, Southeast Asian Archive
Collection
Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project
Rights Information
copyrighted
Description
An oral history with Mr. Tuan Anh Nguyen, born on December 28, 1947 in Nam Dinh, Vietnam. He moved from North Vietnam to the South in Saigon at age 7. He graduated from the University of Saigon in 1970 and became a teacher specializing in Vietnamese literature. He was drafted in 1972 to be an officer in the South Vietnamese armed forces. After the Fall of Saigon, he was imprisoned for three years in the re-education camps. He was released in 1978 and returned to Saigon. He escaped Vietnam by boat in July, 1981 and arrived in America in 1982. He discusses his experience in the re-education camps and his journey on boat. He also talks about his experience in the refugee camps and life in America. After coming to the United States through a sponsor program, he became an electrician for 20 years, and he became actively involved in the Vietnamese-Catholic community. He has served as a chairman in the Vietnamese Cursillo Movement of Los Angeles and the Vietnamese Catholic Community of Norwalk. He retired at age 65 and continues to serve in the religious community. He has 3 children, 2 grandchildren, and lives in Anaheim, California with his wife.
Recorded Digitally
Type
sound
Format
103 minutes
Identifier
VAOHP0250
http://hdl.handle.net/10575/14581
Language
English
Subject
Anticommunist
Boat People
Catholic
Children
Chinese and ethnic Chinese
Citizenship
Community service
Education
Employment
Escape
English as a second language (ESL)
Ethnicity
Family
Family reunification
Freedom of religion
Geneva Conference
High school
Interracial relationship
Language barrier
Literature
Police
Politics
Poverty
Radio
Reeducation camp
Refugee camp
Refugee camp (Thailand)
Religion
Singer
Sponsors or sponsorship
Teacher
Technician
Tet Festival
Tradition or custom
Vietnam War
Welfare
Writer
Youth
Anaheim, California
Little Saigon (Orange County, California)
Phanat Nikhom Refugee Camp, Thailand
San Diego County, California
Vietnam, Northern
Vietnam, Southern
Lang Son (Vietnam)
Saigon (Vietnam)
Time Period
1940-1949

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