People

Lana Co

Lana Co lived in Vietnam until she was twenty-one, in April 1996 she and her family left Vietnam to move to the United States. Her father’s family was living in the United States, and they wanted to…

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Thuy Dam

Thuy Dam was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, after moving through refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines. Sponsored by her sister, Dam initially settled in…

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Khoi Dinh

Khoi Dinh was born in October 1982 in Hanoi and lived there until he decided to attend a university abroad in the United States. He attended Cameron University in Oklahoma and majored in business…

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Phil Duong

Phil Duong is a Lewis & Clark College graduate who has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life. Currently a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Manzama, Duong has also worked as a…

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Chau Huynh

Chau Huynh was born in Binh Thuan Vietnam and moved to Portland in June 1997. In Vietnam Huynh worked as an English teacher. Her father was in the South Vietnamese army, which allowed Huynh and her…

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Khuong Le

Khuong Le graduated from high school in 1945. In 1947 he moved to Hue City where he worked for a French company for a year. In 1948 he was recruited by the South Vietnamese military first as a…

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Thi Luong

Thi Luong was born and raised in Vietnam, where she has a background in both English and computer software. She moved to Portland in 2004 with the hope of providing her son with more opportunities.…

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Diana Ly

Diana Ly was born in Saigon in the early 1970s and left Vietnam with her family in the late 1970s. She and her family spent nine months in a refugee camp before coming to the United States in 1978.…

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Dinh Mai

Dinh Mai was born in 1941 in Thu Thanh Kien Song Ninh Vietnam. His family left North Vietnam in 1954 to avoid religious and political persecution and settled in South Vietnam. They stayed in South…

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Stephen Nghiem

Stephen Nghiem, a pastor at the Vietnamese Christian Community Church, was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1951. After moving to South Vietnam at age three, Nghiem spent his early life in Saigon, where he…

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Tommy Ngo

Tommy Ngo was born in 1999 in Portland, Oregon and is currently a student at Portland State University, majoring in computer science. He grew up outside of Portland, attending Rock Creek Elementary,…

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Connie Nguyen-Truong

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, (PhD, RN, PCCN) was born in Portland in 1976 and is an assistant professor at Washington State University College of Nursing – Vancouver. A nurse scientist with expertise…

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Chi Nguyen

Chi Nguyen was born in Saigon in 1982. Nguyen and her family left Vietnam as political refugees in 1990 because of her grandfather’s involvement in the South Vietnamese army. Growing up in Oregon,…

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Jacques Nguyen

Jacques Nguyen was born in 1974 in Saigon, Vietnam. He and his family moved to Portland in 1992 through the H.O. Program. Immediately after arriving in Oregon, Nguyen attended Grant High School and…

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Mary Nguyen

Mary was born in 1954 in Hai Phong, Vietnam. She moved to Portland in 1985. After arriving in Oregon, Nguyen worked for over twenty-five years providing important Vietnamese language translation…

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Phu Nguyen

Phu Nguyen was born on October 13, 1940, in Vietnam. He grew up in Vietnam, and in 1962 was drafted into the South Vietnamese army. Nguyen served for six years and then decided to work for the US…

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Teresa Nguyen

Teresa Nguyen was born in South Vietnam in 1964. Her father was a captain in the South Vietnamese army, as such she moved frequently during her childhood. After the war her father had to go into…

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Thai Tien Nguyen

Thai Tien Nguyen was born and raised in Dat La, which is located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. In Vietnam Nguyen obtained an education in English and Business. In 2009, Nguyen decided to move…

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Man Ninh

Man Ninh was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1960. After the Fall of Saigon, Ninh was unable to enroll in university in Vietnam. He and his family escaped Vietnam by boat in 1981. For the next three years…

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Khanh Pham

Khanh Pham, Organizing Director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, was born in Edmond, Oklahoma but moved with her family to Irvine, California at age eleven. Pham enjoys moving between the worlds…

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Vu Pham

Vu Pham is a Portland based writer, director, producer, and actor. He is a refugee from Vietnam whose work has been significantly influenced by personal and historical trauma, existential philosophy,…

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Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel: Sister Christine Rausch

Sister Christine Rausch is a Benedictine Nun who has been at Mount Angel Abbey for about 70 years. She decided to become a nun at Mt. Angel because the majority of her family decided to join other…

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Minh Tran

Minh Tran was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1964 and is a professional choreographer, contemporary dancer, and an educator at Reed College. He began training in dance as a child with the Peking Opera…

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Vân Troung

Dr. Van Truong was born in South Vietnam and began her migration to the United States in April of 1975, the last day of the fall of Saigon. Truong in her time in Portland has become an influential…

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Davis Truong

Davis Truong was born in 1973 in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. He came to Portland, Oregon in 1978, after leaving Vietnam by boat with his family. Truong grew up in North Portland, attending Roosevelt High…

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Kathy Truong

Kathy Truong immigrated from Vietnam to the United States in 1979 and has lived in and around Portland, Oregon for most of her life. She attended Portland Public Schools while growing up and later…

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Tai Tu

Tai Tu was born in 1938 in Vietnam and moved to the United States in the late twentieth century. When Tu finished his schooling he became a school teacher for math and science, and when the Vietnam…

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Thao Tu

Thao Tu is the president of the Vietnamese Community of Oregon (VNCO.) He was born in Vietnam in 1962 as the son of two teachers. Tu and his family were persecuted by Vietnam’s communist government…

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Thuy Tu

Thuy Tu was born in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. Soon after the Fall of Saigon, she and her immediate family sought refuge in Hong Kong. They were then sponsored to come to Portland, Oregon when Tu was three…

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Agnes Vu

Agnes Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1971. She immigrated to Portland, Oregon with her parents and three siblings in 1992 because of her father’s status in the South Vietnamese military. Vu…

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Margret Vu

Margret Vu was born in Hanoi, Vietnam during the 1950s. After the 1954 Geneva Conference, Vu and her family moved South to the city of Da-Lat. In 1972, Vu enrolled in Laval University in Quebec City,…

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Hanh (William) Vuong

William Vuong was born in central Vietnam, but moved to Saigon in 1953. In 1962, he joined the South Vietnamese Special Forces, serving as an interpreter and office manager. After the Fall of Saigon,…

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Húng Si Vuong

Húng Si Vương was born in Kontum, Vietnam, one of six siblings. He fled the country by boat in 1988 with the hope of making it to the United States and eventually sponsoring the rest of his family.…

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Vinh Wong

Vinh Wong was born in Bao Loc, Vietnam in 1969, and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1978. Although Wong’s parents were born in Vietnam, his grandparents on both his mother’s and his…

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Loan Ziehl

Loan Ziehl was born in Hue Vietnam and is currently residing in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She works as a Vietnamese immersion teacher at the Portland Public School. She teaches early elementary school…

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