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Director: Bai An Tran, Ph.D.

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Good-Bye Vietnam

Thirty minutes after our Vietnam Airline flight departed from Tan Son Nhut airport in Ho Chi Minh City, we looked down upon the denuded red plains and my wife and I instantaneously felt an incredible sense of relief and freedom. We were finally free from the daily harassment, intimidation and greed of the Vietnamese officials and we could actually feel the weight of the last three months lift off our shoulders.

The Pain of a Refugee

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A little Vietnamese girl and a pepple (La Petite Vietnamienne et le galet)

- This round piece of candy is for Mom,
The square one saved for Dad,
The little one saved for sister,
A bigger one saved for brother,
And the largest candy … is for me.

The History of Vietnamese Immigration

 The history of Vietnamese immigration to the United States is relatively recent. Prior to 1975, most Vietnamese residing in the United States were spouses and children of American servicemen in Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, “the fall of Saigon” ended the Vietnam War and prompted the first of two waves of emigration from Vietnam to the United States.

Generation Gap

They sit alone in the house after finishing their daily household tasks, staring at a television show in a language they barely understand and wonder when the rest of the family will be home for dinner.

A Journey to Freedom (1975 - 1980)

They were prepared to risk everything. In the years following the Vietnam War, over one million refugees fled the war-ravaged countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Those Vietnamese who took to the ocean in tiny overcrowded ships were dubbed the "boat people." The survivors sometimes languished for years in refugee camps. The luckier ones were taken in by countries like Canada.

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