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Title
Oral History of Dang Nguyen
Creator
Nguyen, Dang
Contributor
Nguyen, Annie
Date Created and/or Issued
2019-03-29
Publication Information
University of California, Irvine Libraries. Southeast Asian Archive. Irvine, California 92623-9557
Contributing Institution
UC Irvine, Libraries, Southeast Asian Archive
Collection
Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project
Rights Information
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Description
This is an oral history of Mr. Dang Nguyen. He was born in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1964. After the Fall of Saigon and the communist takeover in 1975, his father was imprisoned in a reeducation camp. In 1981, when he had just finished high school in Vietnam, he and his younger sister made their escape by boat. After three days at sea, he was processed at the Pulau Bidong refugee camp in Malaysia, where they stayed for seven months. His aunt and uncle in Akron, Ohio were able to sponsor him. After a year living in Ohio, he moved to Santa Ana, California where he pursued an Electronic Technician certificate at Santa Ana College. Through his work in an assembly line at a factory, he was able to sponsor his father and brother to California. His mother arrived via the Orderly Departure Program. He later moved on to the California State University of Long Beach to receive a Bachelors of Science in Engineering. Since then, he has worked in the computer-engineering field and is now a manager. He got married in 1993 and has three children. As of this interview, Mr. Dang Nguyen and his family live in Tustin, California.
Recorded digitally
Type
text
Format
01:15:18
Identifier
VAOHP0369
http://hdl.handle.net/10575/14621
Language
English
Subject
Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)
Assimilation
Boat people
College
University
Communism
Computer scientist
Diaspora
Education
Engineer
English as a second language (ESL)
Family
Family reunification
High school
Higher education
Identity
Immigrant
Integration
Language barrier
Naturalization
Orderly Departure Program (ODP)
Politics
Poverty
Prisoner
Reeducation
Reeducation camp
Refugee camp
Refugee camp (Malaysia)
Remittances
Resettlement
Sponsors
Sponsorship
Student
Tradition
Custom
Youth
California State University, Long Beach
Orange County, California
Pulau Bidong Refugee Camp, Malaysia
Santa Ana, California
Tustin, California
Đà Nẵng (Vietnam)
Saigon (Vietnam)
Time Period
1960 - 1969
Place
Tustin, CA

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