Description:Photograph of Alex Hieu Tran and Thuy Vo Dang, Photographer Kieu
My Duyen, 2012
Summary: Oral history of Alex Hieu Tran, born in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1957 to a large family with nine other siblings. His family lived in Hue, but he lived in Saigon and attended school there. He recalls life changing dramatically for him after 1975 because his father was sent to reeducation camp and he had to work with the youth cadres. He studied and taught a form of martial arts-meditation (chi cong) in Vietnam and continues this practice here. He came to the United States in 1992 through the Humanitarian Operation under the Orderly Departure Program after his father was released from 13 years in prison. At the time of interview he lives in Orange County, California and works in a hair salon, but also teaches chi cong.