Description:Mary Ngo (the interviewee) and her daughter, Van, photographer
Don Bui, 2019.
Description:Mary standing in her living room in Stanton, photographer Van
Description:Mary sitting in Van's bedroom, 2019.
Description:Audio - access copy
Summary: Oral history with Ms. Ngô Mỹ Dung, who also goes by Mary as her “American” name. She was born on December 23, 1966, in Đồng Nai, Việt Nam. She fled Việt Nam in 1989 by boat with her older brother, Cậu Hải, and was at sea for 19 days before reaching the Philippines. She stayed there for three years before finally receiving approval to move to the United States in 1993. She has moved around Orange County with her family but is now settled in Stanton. She graduated high school in Việt Nam and considered pursuing college momentarily. She married my father in the Philippines, and she now has three children: her oldest son who is 25 years old, her only daughter being 20 years old, and her younger son who is 15 years old. She has been working as a nail technician for the past 14 years at ProfessioNail in Fullerton. In the interview, she talked mostly about her own family--her parents and siblings--as well as her family that she’s raised here in America.
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Provenance: Recorded digitally
Publisher: University of California, Irvine Libraries. Southeast Asian Archive. Irvine, California 92623-9557.