Thu April 28, 2005
Vietnamese-American Student Looks Back at Father's Story
By Jim Moses
WRNI – For most Americans, the story of the Vietnam War ended 30 years ago with the fall of Saigon. But for South Vietnamese who fought against the communists, the years following the American withdrawal brought humiliation and oppression. South Vietnamese military men were forced to enter re-education camps where they suffered hard labor and abuse. Quyen Truong is a senior at Brown University who emigrated from Ho Chi Min city to West Hartford Connecticut 15 years ago when she was 7 years old. She has created a series of paintings based on her father's stories about the 7 years he spent in a re-education camp. Those paintings are part of an exhibit on the Vietnam War at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. She told WRNI how she came to understand her family history.