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"I never forgot it. I was only five years old. They came to the train, they searched everywhere. They took all the gold."

A summary of Huyen's story and a brief description of the historical period can be found in the Huyen Nguyen lesson.


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TITLE: Huyen Nguyen
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Huyen Nguyen / student
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEWS: 23/10/2008 (Escape from North Vietnam), 8/5/2009 (Escape from South Vietnam)
LENGTH OF RECORDINGS: Escape from North Vietnam:54 minutes, Escape from South Vietnam: 44 minutes
LANGUAGE: English
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Nil
ORIGINAL RECORDING(S) HELD AT: Interviewer’s home
RECORDING FORMAT: Digital mp3
KEY THEMES: Vietnam War
Escape from Communism / escape from North Vietnam as a child / escape from South Vietnam as a young adult
Communist police / family and daily life in the North and South / poverty / war
Saigon / differences between city and countryside during conflict
American troops in Saigon on leave / Australian troops / 1975 / privations of Communism / longing for freedom / injustice
Organising family escapes / Boat people / fee for escape / starting again in a new country / no English
SUMMARY: Yes, in the Huyen Nguyen lesson on this wiki
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: Yes, in the Huyen Nguyen lesson on this wiki