Interview with Cam. Phan - Michelle Tran - Reading and Research
From ceas ceas on April 22nd, 2014
An interview with Phan-Michelle Tran (the interviewer’s mother) covers her life in Vietnam and experience evacuating to the US after the Fall of Saigon. The interview is mostly in Vietnamese with some English. Tran comes from a Catholic Vietnamese family, surrounded by unique influences of traditional Confucian values regarding women and marriage in addition to Christian values. Family life and interpersonal relationships were highly dependent on how they would appear to the community. She married a South Vietnamese army officer who was absent most of the time. Tran and her husband were separated during the evacuation but reunited two and a half months later. With the help of a local church, she settled into her new life before moving to Kansas City. She implies that her attempt to learn English was not as successful as she hoped. However, she is glad to live a more stable life in the US. She gives a detailed story about her family footage and how the experience in the US can greatly differ for each family member.