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Scope/Content: An oral history with Mr. Phu Do Nguyen, a lawyer and father of three. He was born in 1965 in Saigon and he escaped Vietnam by boat as an unaccompanied minor. This interview focused on his experience as a Vietnamese refugee and how that molded his character, to his thought processes and way of life as a patriotic American. He joined the American military and earned his law degree in the U.S. His message to future generations is, “Do what you love, not for the money. If you do something you love and you’re passionate about it, the money will come because you are so good at it. Do what you love.” Scope/Content: In 2008, the Vietnamese American community in Austin, along with VAHF, successfully collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center For Asian American Studies (CAAS) to establish a course on Vietnamese American history and culture, instructed by Ph.D. candidate Linda Ho Peché. Each student was required to complete an oral interview of a self-identified Vietnamese American. These oral histories became part of the 500 Oral History Project initiated by VAHF as its third most urgent collection, since many members of the first genera- tion of Vietnamese Americans are now elderly. With their passing, first-hand accounts of the Vietnamese American immigration experience would be lost.
5 mp4 video files; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log english
Boat People | Children | Communism | Communist | Education | Employment | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | High school | Identity | Lawyer | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Resettlement | Sponsors or sponsorship | Stereotypes | Vietnam War | Santa Ana, California | Rach Gia (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)