Description:Photograph of Bui Bich Ha, photographer Thuy Vo Dang, 2012
Summary: Oral history of Ms. Bui Bich Ha (or Bich-Ha Bui, western-style), a woman born in 1938 in Hue, Vietnam. She spoke in detail about her father, one of the four wealthiest men in Vietnam in the mid-century. The interview also explores her memories of life before the August Revolution of 1945, then the years before 1954, and finally the drastic changes to her family’s fortune after 1954. She became a teacher and radio broadcaster before 1975. Then, after the Vietnam War ended, her children had to join the youth cadres while she continued teaching. Her family left Vietnam via sponsorship in 1985. After resettlement in the US, she worked at various jobs such as assembly-work and eventually moved up in her career in research & development. Meanwhile, she also actively participated in community work, ran a radio program on “women and family,” and served as editor of “Phu Nu Gia Dinh” Magazine. She raised her two daughters in America alone. At the time of interview she is retired from her job and radio program, but continues to serve as editor of Phu Nu Gia Dinh.