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Oral History of Hao Nhien Vu
Vu, Hao Nhien
Le, Tram
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. Hao Nhien Vu, born in 1964 in Saigon, Vietnam. He grew up in Saigon before and during the Vietnam War. Both of his parents were researchers and microbiologists and tried to use their work connections to escape Vietnam after the war, but without success. However, his two brothers were able to escape Saigon in 1975. When the war ended, he was just finishing elementary school and continued onto middle school, but he had to transfer to multiple schools because the new government was shutting down these schools post-1975. He eventually went to Marie Curie High School in Saigon, which was previously an all-girl’s school before 1975. He flew with his parents out of Vietnam with the aid of a sponsor to Bangkok, then to Hong Kong, Japan, Seattle, and finally settling in West Lafayette, Indiana. Mr. Vu attended Purdue University where he graduated with a Masters in Mathematics and eventually obtained a job as an actuary at an insurance company in Indianapolis. He then moved to Los Angeles, California where he worked as an actuary at Allied Insurance. Afterwards, he decided to pursue a law degree at UCLA School of Law. He then became a journalist for Nguoi Viet Daily News and started teaching at various community colleges. He currently teaches math full-time at Coastline Community College and lives with his wife in Fountain Valley, California.
Scope/Content: This recording is from the Tram Le Oral Histories subcollection.
Scope/Content: 1965 Tet, Saigon, VN. Narrator’s uncle’s Vu Duc Thinh (standing far left) was a Provost of Mac Dinh Chi High School. He lived in a house on the high school campus grounds. This is in front of his house. Narrator’s dad Vu Qui Dai (sitting far right) and mother Nhuan Do standing in back.
1 mp3 audio file; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log; 1 pdf life map; 8 jpg image files
Acculturation | Activism | Activist | Air Force (VN) | Anticommunism | Assimilation | Biology | Boat People | Catholic | College or university | Education | Employment | Escape | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | France | Geneva Conference | High school | Higher education | Immigrant | Insurance agent | Journalist | Newspaper or magazine | Pharmacist | Racism | Reeducation | Reeducation camp | Religion | Research | Resettlement | Sponsors or sponsorship | Stereotypes | Student | United States Catholic Charities (U.S.C.C.) | Writer | Bangkok, Thailand | Fountain Valley, California | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Vietnam, Southern | Mekong Delta (Vietnam) | Vung Tau (Vietnam)
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Tram Le Oral Histories

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