Description:Photograph of Ha Bich Van with children and their spouses, photographer
Thuy Vo Dang, 2012, Rosemead, Calif
Summary: Oral History of Ha Bich Van (Van Bich Ha, western-style) who was born in Hai Phong, Vietnam in 1952. Her family moved to Qui Nhon where they owned a restaurant. Her interview focused on her memories of family and school in Qui Nhon and Saigon. She attended culinary school and operated a bakery of her own until 1975. After the war, her husband was sent to reeducation camp and she continued to support her family through operating a food stall at the market. Her husband and daughter left the country by boat and she and her son were sponsored to the US by her brothers and sisters in the San Gabriel Valley in 1993. At the time of the interview, she is head chef of Crustacean Beverly Hills, a successful Vietnamese-French fusion restaurant owned by a Vietnamese family.