Description:Chau Nguyen, Photographer Thuy Vo Dang, 2013
Summary: An oral history of Ms. Chau Nguyen, born in 1962 in Chau Doc, Vietnam. She migrated to Saigon in 1963 and grew up in Phu Nhuan District of Saigon. Her father worked for the US government, and her mother was a homemaker. She, along with her parents, both paternal grandparents, paternal aunt, and three siblings, left Vietnam on April 22, 1975 before the Fall of Saigon. After being processed in Camp Pendleton, they were sponsored by a Catholic church and settled in Anaheim, California, where she lives to this day. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine in 1988. She went on to receive her doctorate in optometry from the University of Southern California in 1992. In 1994, she was a founding member of the Social Assistance Program for Viet Nam (SAP-VN), a yearly mobile health care project based in Garden Grove, California that provides free health and dental care to many poor villagers in Vietnam. She continues to lead the organization to this day.