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Que Hang Pham interviewed by Jasmine Frank, 2021 March 15

Identifier: SdArch 45. Series 2. File SdArch45-3
[Aviary] SdArch45-WAV-0003.mp3
[Aviary] SdArch45-WAV-0003.mp3

Scope and Contents

Records an interview with Que Hang Pham, whose family resettled in the United States following the fall of Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) to the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong in April 1975. Hang Pham, who was eight years old, recounts the dangerous evacuation journey by sea from Vietnam to Hong Kong, time spent in refugee camps in Hong Kong and Arkansas, and eventual resettlement in Richmond, Virginia. Topics discussed include second language acquisition, elementary education, parents’ graduate education and teaching careers, scholarships awarded at Virginia Commonwealth University, the value of education, upbringing, cultural adaptation, and traditional Vietnamese foodways and lifeways. Describes travels, fluency in Vietnamese, English, and Spanish, a degree in Business Information Systems, and work for IBM and the Department of Transportation. Includes references to the impact of cultural heritage on identity and self-formation.


  • Creation: 2021 March 15


Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Agreements with the interviewees govern access to Oral Histories. Interviewees have chosen pseudonyms in two of the interviews. Due to the disclosure of sensitive information, the repository has restricted one of the nine interviews.


11.6 Megabytes (1 digital file) : (.mp3)

0:48:09 Duration (HH:MM:SS.mmm)

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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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