Description:Photograph of Kien Tam Nguyen and friends, photographer & date
Summary: Oral history of Kien Tam Nguyen, born in 1947 in Cambodia. She lived part of her early years in north Vietnam until 1954 when her family migrated to Saigon, where she completed most of her schooling. As a student she often assisted injured soldiers during the war. She lost a brother during that time period. Her Buddhist faith is a strong part of her life, as she meditates often. After marriage she opened her own hair salon out of her home in Saigon. When the war ended, she was evacuated with her son, while her husband evacuated the country separately. She ended up in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas while he ended up in Camp Pendleton. They were able to reunite the family and resettled in Los Angeles and then Orange county. She co-founded Tam Beauty College with her husband, which later became Advance Beauty College under her children’s management.