Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought

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Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories: Phuong B. Dao and Her Journey from Vietnam as Told to Deborah Herz [audio]


Asian American Studies | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Women's Studies


As early as 10 years old, Phuong B. Dao knew that one day she was going to seek a better life outside Vietnam. Greatly influenced by the ravages of war, combined with the images of life in America as shown in American films, she left Vietnam in 1982 at the age of 17. Her compelling story provides the listener with a first-hand account of her secret escape in a small fishing boat, her rescue at sea by a U.S. aircraft carrier, and eventually reaching the United States by way of a refugee camp in the Philippines. She completes her story with an account of the challenges that she and other new immigrants face as they struggle with language, work, and loneliness in a new country.

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