Nguyen Family Papers
An Inventory to the Collection
Phong and Tina Nguyen married in 1970 in Vietnam and had five sons. Faced with economic and political hardships, they decided to leave Vietnam in 1980. However, due to financial and logistical constraints, only Phong and two sons were able to escape by boat, landing at a refugee camp in Indonesia, then America. Tina and three sons stayed behind in Vietnam and thus, the couple was separated for 10 years. During this time, they corresponded through numerous letters and occasional phone calls. In 1990, the family was finally reunited in Houston, Texas, and in 1997, they moved to Austin.
The photographs in the collection document the time the Nguyen family lived in Vietnam, the months spent at the refugee camp in Indonesia, Phong’s first job as a contractor in Houston, Texas, the family reunion at the airport, and life in the 1990’s in America. The letters between Phong and Tina span between 1980 and 1990 and describe life Tina’s life in Vietnam and Phong’s adjustment to America. There are over 200 letters and some poems and writings in Vietnamese.
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The collection was kept in the Nguyen Family home and donated to the Austin History Center on 01/08/09.
Nguyen Family Papers (AR.2009.056). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2009/036
Donation Date: 2009 January
Final Processing and Finding Aid: Dancy Zhou and Esther Chung/2009.
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