Narrator: Nguyen, Cuong Dinh
Interviewer: Vo Dang, Thuy
Date of Interview: 2012-05-05
Permanent Link To This Item: http://hdl.handle.net/10575/3269
Summary: Oral history of Nguyen Dinh Cuong (or Cuong Dinh Nguyen, western-style) who was born in Hanoi in 1942. His family migrated down to Dalat after the Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into north and South. Most of his education was attained in Dalat. He became a teacher and met his wife, also a teacher, at a school where he taught. They had a son in 1975 and fled Vietnam by boat in 1977, ending up in a make-shift refugee camp in Taman Muara, Malaysia. They were resettled to Los Angeles County, California where he had a brother already there. He continued his schooling and became a civil engineer, added one more child (daughter) to the family, and settled in Cerritos, California. At the time of interview he is retired and remains active in the Buddhist community as well as alumni associations and on Vietnamese radio.
Decade of Birth: 1940-1949
Subjects: Acculturation | Boat People | Buddhist | Children | Education | Employment | Engineer | Exile | Family | Family reunification | Geneva Conference | Identity | International student | Marriage | Newspaper or magazine | Radio | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Resettlement | Student | Teacher | Tradition or custom | Viet Cong | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Los Angeles, California | Orange County, California | Da Lat (Vietnam) | Ha Noi (Vietnam)
Provenance: Recorded Digitally