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 dueRead More →

Leila Tran is a proud owner of a Vietnamese restaurant in Downtown Oakland. She was able to get a chance to sit down and talk about her family history in San Jose, her transition to Oakland, factors of being an immigrant in America and current issues surrounding Oakland involving Covid-19. She has 3 boys and discusses in what her role in continuing her parent’s shop means to her, especially working under circumstances when she is at high risk. The interviewer had the opportunity to speak to Leila through Jenn Tran at the Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and their role in shaping their community toRead More →