Narrator: Nguyen, Nhan Thi
Interviewer: Vo Dang, Thuy
Date of Interview: 2013-05-24
Permanent Link To This Item: http://hdl.handle.net/10575/13301
Summary: Born in 1934 in Hanh Thien village in Nam Dinh province in Vietnam, Nhan Thi Nguyen resides in Tustin, California at the time of interview. Her father was a businessman and her mother passed away when she was one. Her early years of schooling was disrupted due to Japanese occupation and Vietnamese anticolonial struggles against the French. In 1954 she migrated south and married Duong Dinh Thu, a military man who later became a colonel in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. They had nine children. After the war ended in 1975, her husband was sent to reeducation camp for four years, but she was able to escape the country with her nine children who ranged in age between one and 18 years old. They came to Camp Pendleton in May 1975 and then were resettled in San Clemente initially. She was reunited with her husband after his release from reeducation prison. Their family moved to Tustin. Nhan Thi Nguyen worked as a seamstress for 18 years to support her children, six of whom work in the medical field.
Decade of Birth: 1930-1939
Subjects: Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Biology | Boat People | Business owner | Catholic | Childcare provider | Children | Citizenship | College or university | Community service | Death | Education | Employment | Escape | Family | Family reunification | France | Garment worker | Higher education | Humanitarian operation | Interracial relationship | Marriage | Medical professional | Mixed race | Pharmacist | Physician | Prisoner | Reeducation | Reeducation camp | Religion | Sponsors or sponsorship | Tan Son Nhut Airport | United States Catholic Charities (U.S.C.C.) | Camp Pendleton, California | Orange County, California | Tustin, California | University of California, Irvine | Vietnam, Northern | Vietnam, Southern | Ha Noi (Vietnam) | Hoi An (Vietnam)
Provenance: Recorded Digitally