Description:Photograph of Lam Tuyet Mai and son, Michael, photographer Thuy
Vo Dang, 2012, Westminster, California
Summary: Oral history of Lam Tuyet Mai (or Mai Tuyet Lam, western-style) who was born in 1957 in the central region of Vietnam. She is ethnic Chinese Vietnamese, the oldest in a large family of seven, and grew up around mostly other Chinese-Vietnamese. She married in 1969 and her husband was in the entertainment troupe for the South Vietnam military. They had five children, but lost one. They left Vietnam in 1978 during the time when a many Chinese Vietnamese were ordered to leave by the new communist regime. They passed through a refugee camp in Hong Kong, then were resettled to Albany, New York and then decided to settle permanently in Los Angeles, California. She has been a seamstress for about thirty years.