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The World Looked Away

As Told By: Tom Pham

Journey

  • My Name is Tom Pham
  • I am based in Lawrence, MA, USA
  • This story is about me
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  • Departure Location: Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Departure Year: 1980
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    My Story

    Tom Pham, was born in 1971 in Saigon as Hung Quoc Pham. At the end of the Vietnam War, his father Quoc Pham, a former South Vietnam Naval officer was sent away for many years in re-education camp. His mom was left with young children to care for in a war-torn country. Tom was sent to live with his grandparents at age four until one day, a father he barely knew started to appear again. And the two of them would escape Vietnam in 1980 when Tom was just eight years old. Tom shares what it was like growing up in America, separated from the rest of his family and the emotional distance they felt when they were finally reunited in America. In 2014, Tom played an instrumental role in helping to get his father and mother's story of survival documented in the book The World Looked Away (http://theworldlookedaway.com/).

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