Summary: Oral history with Mr. Vanna Son Long, born in 1958 in Saigon, Vietnam. Since Mr. Long was separated from his family member in 1973, he went traveled alone to the refugee camp in Thailand. Before arriving in the United States, he was transferred to the Philippines in 1981 to learn English as a second language (ESL) and worked for UNICEF as a neighborhood leader for incoming refugees. The job required translations from Vietnamese and Khmer into English and vice-versa. A year afterward, he immigrated to the United States in 1982 and placed in Chicago, Illinois through the Christian missionaries that were present in the Thai refugee camp. Mr. Long was able to receive a GED and was able to work low-wage jobs within the city of Chicago. In 1989, he moved to Salem, Oregon for an arranged marriage to his current wife, Chantra Khy, who is Cambodian and Chinese. They have been married for 30 years and have two sons; both are college graduates. His current occupation is a security guard with the company, Securita and he is residing in Long Beach, California.
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Publisher: University of California, Irvine Libraries. Southeast Asian Archive. Irvine, California 92623-9557.