The Journey

Carina Hoang » The Journey

ESCAPE FROM SAIGON, 1975 TO 1979

We were in the US embassy in Saigon from the morning of April 29th.

By late evening, we made it to the roof of the building, near the helicopter pad. Even though we saw the helicopter went back and forth to pick up people, hours went by and we were still waiting in line.

Later that night there was no time left to evacuate Vietnamese. The American soldiers lined up pointed their rifle toward the crowd of desperate Vietnamese people, and they slowly walked backward toward the main building. As the last soldier disappeared behind the doors, they threw tear gas to the crowds to stop us from running after them. [Read More…]

IN SEARCH OF REFUGEE’S GRAVE –
ON TERAMPA ISLAND, INDONESIA 1998

Many ‘Boat People’ suffered adversities that have left them emotionally wounded, with scars that are difficult to heal. My aunt, whose son died from malaria while they were in an Indonesian refugee camp, is one such person. She suffered pain and guilt for leaving her dead son behind. This had inhibited her ability to enjoy life as she should.

My aunt had four sons, and Dung was the second oldest. When we were growing up in Vietnam, I often stayed at her house during school breaks; to my aunt, I was the daughter she never had. Dung was my favorite cousin, he was fun, gentle and clever, and he always looked out for me.
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RETURN TO KUKU, INDONESIA, 1998

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RETURN TO KUKU, INDONESIA, APRIL 2009

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IN SEARCH OF REFUGEE’S GRAVES ON KUKU AND LETUNG, OCTOBER 2009

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IN SEARCH OF REFUGEE’S GRAVES ON KUKU, LETUNG AND AIR RAYA, MARCH 2010

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IN SEARCH OF REFUGEE’S GRAVES ON KUKU, LETUNG, AIR RAYA, TERAMPA, AND NATUNA, SCHEDULED IN SPRING 2011

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