Thanh Pham is a 63-year old Vietnamese-American, and was a long-time resident of Berkeley, CA and the Bay Area. He grew up in Viet Nam during the war, and was relocated to the U.S. from Da Nang, Viet Nam in order to get life-saving treatment for his injuries. He describes his life experiences, from growing up in a war, to living in the U.S. with his American guardian family, and experiencing childhood in two very different circumstances. Currently, he has moved back to Viet Nam to live with his family, and discusses experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic from there. The interview was conducted over Zoom due to social distancing procedures during COVID-19. This interview was conducted by Sabrina Pham-Vu, a third year Ethnic Studies and Psychology major at UCSD interested in researching topics related the Vietnamese diaspora and mental health.
June 14, 2020
Thanh Pham Oral History
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June 1, 2023 — 9:46 am
Hello! I really loved how insightful this interview was and how much I was able to learn from it, especially considering I do not have a deep background or understanding of the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese people because I was only taught the American perspective in school. I really appreciate Tranh Pham’s bravery in sharing his story and points of view, and I really appreciated all the specific memories he was able to talk about to help convey what he went through. Thank you for this!