Description:(L-R) Maria Nga Chau and Thuy Vo Dang (interviewer) in Horizon
Cross Cultural Center conference room, Photographer: Lucy Huynh, 2013
Summary: Oral history of Maria Nga Chau, born in 1945 in Nha Trang, Vietnam to a well-to-do Catholic-raised mother and working-class Confucian-raised father from Hue. She is one of six children. She was sent to school in Da Nang, where she lived in residence with nuns in her childhood until her family relocated to Saigon. She studied to be a veterinarian and ended up teaching the subject between 1968 and 1975. She married a man who was a soldier in the South Vietnamese army. After the communist victory, she was required to teach on agriculture and husbandry while her husband was sent to reeducation camp. After 1977 she did not have any information about her husband, presumed to be dead after an unsuccessful attempt to escape camp. She described the hard years living under communist scrutiny after 1975. In 1991 she and her children were resettled to the United States through the sponsorship of relatives. She worked as a seamstress, then got her cosmetology license and worked in a nail salon.