Van Phan is an employee of Multnomah County, where she has worked for over nineteen years. Phan immigrated to the United States with her family in December of 1994. She was born in Saigon, where she completed her high school education. Her family was forced to leave Saigon because her father worked under the old regime. Under the new regime, her father was arrested and her family was in danger. Phan’s family was sponsored through the Humanitarian Operation and was brought to Portland where some of Phan’s extended family was already living.

In this interview Phan describes her first experiences with Portland weather, the large Vietnamese community at Halsey street and the way that it has developed, and her family’s involvement with the Our Lady of Lavang Parish. Phan also touches on larger generational concerns and hopes for the growth and development of the Vienamese community in Portland as well as in America.