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From Việt Nam to the Central Valley

This collection was created by Alexa Tran, a senior in high school, who received the 2023 Girl Scout USA Gold Award Scholarship for this project. Alexa addressed the lack of cultural preservation of stories from Vietnamese community in her hometown, since they are not being taught in American schools or passed down by immigrant parents. She felt the stories about the Vietnamese Boat People were slowly fading away for her generation.  She collected these stories with guidance and resources from Vietnamese Boat People.

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This community project was made possible by Possibilities Inc. and Vietnamese Boat People, and was partially funded by a Oklahoma Humanities Grant.

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the families and individuals who allowed us to capture their incredible experiences and entrusted us in preserving their stories for this collection. We also extend our thanks to many others in the community who contributed to the making of this collection. 

We are so grateful for the support of the community in Oklahoma City in advocating for this project and special recognition goes to THN Insurance Solutions, Quill Hawk Publishing, and Asian District of OKC for their leadership and advocacy. 

From Việt Nam to Oklahoma City,  partnership summary

Video credits: Daniel De Lemos Duas Avos Productions

From Viet Nam to Oklahoma City, Community Recordings Trailer

Video credits: Matt Young

From Việt Nam to Oklahoma City: A Journey of Resilience and the History of the Vietnamese American Community in Oklahoma City

The Vietnamese American community in Oklahoma City has a vibrant and diverse history marked by resilience, determination, and a commitment to cultural heritage. Emerging from the tumultuous aftermath of the Vietnam War, members of this community navigated the complexities of resettlement in a foreign land, demonstrating remarkable strength in the face of adversity. Their enduring contributions have left an indelible mark on the tapestry of Oklahoma City, shaping its identity and enriching its cultural landscape. 


We invite you to explore the individual stories below and read more about the history of the community here.


Click on the images to read each story.

If you would like to contribute, please Share Your Story.

Three Attempts

Nathalie Ngo

Born in Gia Kiệm

Steve Tran

From Sóc Trăng, Vietnam

Hoang Thai

Just My Sister and I

Kevin Nguyen

I Had Just Turn Seven

Jeannine Laramie

The Coastal Town of Vũng Tàu

Jessica Nguyen

Never Enough Food

Diem Nguyen

We Left Sài Gòn in 1980

Phillip Tran

Two Years and Every Penny

Cat Fan

Huế to the Central Valley

Kevin Le

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