Description:Tuan Nguyen - Photographer Camille Garcia - February 20, 2012
Summary: On Monday, February 20, 2012, Tuan Nguyen was interviewed for the Vietnamese American Oral History Project for the University of California, Irvine. His wife, Linda Nguyen, was also present during the interview. Tuan Nguyen was born on June 2, 1958, in Da Nang, Vietnam; he is currently 53 years old. He and his family moved to Saigon in 1959 so he spent most of his childhood in Saigon. He went to seminary school when he was 10 years old, but he knew priesthood was not for him. Tuan actually remembers the intense bombing on April 30, 1975, when Saigon fell to the communists. His father was an officer of the Southern army, and he was put in jail from 1975 to 1987. Tuan expresses how he and his family had to pay for it because his father was in the Southern army fighting against the communists. He left Vietnam by boat in August 1981 for freedom and his safety, and his boat was rescued by Texaco, an oil platform, whose boat name was Hurricane Ashley. The oil platform brought them to Indonesia in September 1981. Then he went to the United States in 1982. Tuan remembers seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, and he even remembers his arrival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He became a United States citizen in 1987. He married his wife Linda who was actually one of his neighbors back in Vietnam on May 9, 1992. They have three children, Rachel, Ashley, and Ben. Tuan Nguyen takes a look back on his life from his time in Vietnam to his present time here in the United States through this special interview.
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Publisher: University of California, Irvine Libraries. Southeast Asian Archive. Irvine, California 92623-9557.