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Oral History of Tuan Anh Nguyen
Nguyen, Tuan Anh
Nguyen, Desiree
Date Created and/or Issued
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UC Irvine, Libraries, Southeast Asian Archive
Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project
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Scope/Content: 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.
Scope/Content: This recording is from the Vietnamese American Experience Class Oral Histories, 2015 Spring subcollection.
2 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log; 1 pdf life map; 5 jpg image files
103 minutes
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
Vietnamese American Experience Classes Oral Histories, 2015 Spring

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