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"He took his comrade to his home to kill his father because his father was anti communist. He had the power to kill his father. The only affection was to the party, not to the family."
Summaries of Nhan's stories and a brief description of the historical period can be found in the Nhan Nguyen lesson.


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TITLE: Nhan Nguyen
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Nhan Nguyen / student
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: 26/11/2008 (Escape from North Vietnam), 13/5/2009 (Escape from South Vietnam) TAFE NSW Sutherland College Loftus Campus
LENGTH OF RECORDINGS: Escape from North Vietnam:71 minutes, Escape from South Vietnam:60 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
War as a constant theme in life / French troops / Middle Classes / Landlords / family and daily life in the North and South / poverty
Saigon after 1960 / university experience and training / working as a teacher before and after Communist rule / everyday dangers for ordinary citizens / leaving children at home alone / empty stomachs
American tanks / land mines, shells / Viet Cong Army / children in the Viet Cong army / spying on parents / Fall of Saigon in 1975 / privations of Communism / longing for freedom / injustice and dishonesty of Communist regime / re-education camps / role of local police / communist spies
Organising family escapes / people smugglers / taxi boat, Big Fish - main boat, Commnist ships and pirates / Malaysia / morse code, SOS / American oil tanker - John Paul Getty / Japanese Red Cross / refugee camp life / Boat people / starting again in a new country
SUMMARY: Yes, in the Nhan Nguyen lesson on this wiki
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: Yes, in the Nhan Nguyen lesson on this wiki