Remembering the Vietnamese exodus

1954 Vietnam Exodus Operation 'Passage to Freedom'
1975, after the end of the Vietnam War

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We refugees from Vietnam now live in many different countries, often as citizens. We will always be grateful to those countries and people who gave us a chance, chose to shelter us, extended a helping hand. Yet our hearts still yearn for Vietnam, and always will.

Many children and grandchildren will wonder about their Asian looks, and wonder how they got where they are.

I see many stories in Facebook, in blogs, and elsewhere on the web. If our descendants have time, they can search out those stories.

As you know, we lead busy lives. There is little free time, and children often have their own priorities. I wanted to use the internet to connect all of us scattered around the world through one web site. Anyone interested in this aspect of our heritage can read about it here.

The children must not forget who we are, where we came from, how we got here. How the suffering and sacrifices of the 1st generation gave birth to the freedom and opportunities they enjoy and take for granted.

They deserve to be proud of their heritage and their families, and understand the true cost of their privileges and freedom. They must also never forget how lucky they are compared to the many people who died on the desperate journey to freedom.

And me:

I spent 14 months in Pulau Tengah Refugee Camp in Malaysia. Before I left VN in 1979 I spent three years in prison and reeducation camps. I settled in my host country in June, 1980. Like so many refugees, education was my first priority. I learned a new language and a new trade, then earned a BS and an MS. I'm now retired after a 30 year career.
Read my story at VT268

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