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dc.creatorNguyễn Thi Linh
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-10T18:57:17Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-10T18:57:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-28
dc.identifier.citation Nguyễn Thi Linh, interview by Pham Diem Huong. February 28, 2011. Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation oral history interviews, 2011, MS 647, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/71116.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/71116
dc.description This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation and donated to the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes video recordings of interviews with Vietnamese Americans native to or living in Texas. This interview forms part of the national 500 Oral Histories Project conducted by the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation.
dc.description.abstract Nguyễn Thi Linh was born in My Tho, where she studied at an all girls’ school. She is an only child. Her father fled to England after losing his brother due to war, leaving Linh with her mother and grandmother at around the age of four or five. She stayed with her maternal relatives while she studied in My Tho because she could not focus in Saigon. Her fondest memory from her childhood is picking the fresh fruit from her grandmother’s garden and eating them straight from the branch. After her career in My Tho, she moved to Saigon to be with her mother. She did not pursue a higher education after graduating in 1966. She tells of her childhood memories of war, such as being caught in the middle of guerilla warfare between Viet Cong and Cong Hoa forces. Nguyễn Thi Linh married in 1972 to her husband who was a Cong Hoa pilot; they went on to have two girls, the first born in 1972. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, Linh converted to the Buddhist faith. Linh fled Vietnam with her children and sought temporary refuge in England to be with her father, while her husband fled to America and worked to sponsor Linh and their daughters to America. Linh and her daughters arrived to the United States in 1982. Shortly after reuniting with her husband in Houston, Texas, the two got a divorce in 1983, which Linh recalls to be the greatest challenge in her life. After Linh's divorce, an American sponsor helped her find housing and food. Linh then was able to work while going to school for accounting while raising her two daughters. She then worked as a social worker and eventually received funds to open her own office where she served as the director for 16 years. Nguyen Thi Linh enjoys music and poetry and used to write short stories in her free time. Linh retired in 2009 and has spent her time traveling around the world. She believes that understanding the Vietnamese language is crucial to understanding Vietnamese people and culture. Trinh proceeded to obtain a law degree when he graduated from law school in 1958. In the same year, he joined the army and was stationed at Ban Me Thuot until 1968. Trinh spoke of the differences between the regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem versus that of President Nguyen Van Thieu; he recalls that Vietnam seemed more peaceful during the office of President Diem. During President Thieu's reign, both the Viet Cong and American forcers were more active, and the war became stronger. Trinh had worked with Americans during his time in the army, and he mentions that they were not only very helpful but were always willing to help. Trinh's brother was also in the South Vietnamese army. He and his son escaped by boat and went missing; to this day, they have not been found. Trinh is currently processing the sponsorship of his younger brother and sister. Five families of his younger siblings are already in America; one of Trinh's siter died while in Vietnam and another sister has too large of a family and cannot leave Vietnam.
dc.format.extent 01:22:14.83
dc.language.iso vie
dc.publisher Rice University
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dc.title Nguyễn Thi Linh video oral history interview and transcript
dc.digitization.specifications This oral history material was born digital, with video originals in mts, mp4 or mpg format, converted by Fondren Library to an archival master format of directly transcoded H.264 video codec and aac audio codec in an MOV wrapper. Derivative video files are compressed H.264 video codec and aac audio codec in an mp4 wrapper, hinted for streaming.
dc.date.digital 2011
dc.source.collection Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation oral history interviews, 2011, MS 647, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
dc.identifier.digital wrc02775
dc.type.genre oral histories (document genres)
dc.type.dcmi MovingImage
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.interviewer Pham Diem Huong
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