Description:Photograph of Thanh Nguyen with wife and kids, photographer unknown,
1999, Orange County, Calif.
Summary: Oral History of Thanh Nguyen, born in 1958 in Hue, Vietnam to a family with 10 children. His family moved from Hue (Central Vietnam) to Saigon a few years after his birth, following his father’s posting by the army. He recalls his school experiences in Saigon, particularly during the late 1960s when the Vietnam War was raging in the country. After the war ended, his father was sent to reeducation camp and he was sent to work hard labor. Because his opportunities were severely limited, he escaped Vietnam by boat in 1982 and passed through refugee camps in Malaysia and the Philippines where he met his wife through writing letters to her. She was an Australian working in refugee camps and her writings moved him. The only met years later in Westminster, California and got married in Australia. They have two children and are settled in Orange County, California, both taking active part in community life. At the time of interview, he is the president of a nonprofit called Social Assistance Program for Vietnam (SAP-VN).