Description:Photograph of Annthy Thao Nguyen by Thuy Vo Dang, 2013 in Westminster,
Summary: Oral history of Annthy Thao Nguyen, born in 1956 in Saigon, Vietnam. She is the seventh child in a family of 11 children and her father worked for USAID. She describes her childhood in Saigon attending school up until her second year of college, when South Vietnam collapsed. During the final days of South Vietnam, she was separated from her parents and siblings who escaped the country at that time and thought she had died. Four years later she escaped Vietnam as a boat refugee, passed through Pulau Bidong, Malaysia and resettled in Orange County, California. She put herself through ESL and community college courses and then transferred to Cal State Long Beach to complete her degree. She hopes to retire at 62 and focus on her photography hobby.