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Scope/Content: Oral history of Ms. Nguyen Thi Hanh Nhon, born in 1927 in Hue, Vietnam. Her father was a high-ranking official under Emperor Bao Dai. Under the French regime, she served in the corps of females assistants, which later became the corps of female soldiers under the South Vietnam military. She was in charge of training women soldiers for the South. She has 9 sons. After 1975 she was imprisoned in reeducation camp for nearly 5 years. After her release from prison, she tried to make a living by any means, including selling ice cream. One of her sons sponsored her to the United States in 1990 via the Humanitarian Operation under the Orderly Departure Program. She became president for the HO Society, assisting wounded veterans and raising awareness. 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.
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Activism | Activist | Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Children | Death | Family | Freedom of speech | Human rights | Humanitarian organization | Mutual Assistance Association | Orderly Departure Program | Prisoner | Reeducation | Resettlement | Soldier | Sponsors or sponsorship | Viet Cong | Vietnam War | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Orange County, California | Hue (Vietnam)