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Scope/Content: An oral history with Ms. Ngoc My Le, born in 1957 in Mỹ Tho, Vietnam. She is the oldest child of six children. She was studying to be a dentist from 1975-1979 in South Vietnam. In 1979, she escaped from Vietnam with her two brothers and a male colleague by boat. She stayed for 13 months in two different refugee camps, Ku Ku and Galang, in Indonesia before being sponsored by a church in Poughkeepsie, New York. She moved from San Diego, to New Orleans, to Los Angeles before settling in Orange County, California. Although she initially pursued dentistry and medical technology, she found her passion in nursing and received her diploma in nursing from USC Medical Center School of Nursing. She has been working as a registered nurse at UCLA Medical Center for 20 years. She is a single mother of 4 children and currently resides in Fountain Valley, California. 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; 8 jpg image files
Boat People | Children | College or university | Dentist | Education | Employment | Escape | Family | France | Freedom of speech | Healthcare | Higher education | Identity | Marriage | Medical professional | Nurse | Refugee camp | Refugee camp (Indonesia) | Sponsors or sponsorship | Student | Thai Pirates | United Nations | Vietnam War | Fountain Valley, California | Los Angeles, California | Louisiana | Orange County, California | San Diego County, California | Vietnam, Southern | My Tho (Vietnam) | Rach Gia (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)