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Want to share your story or know someone who does on our Podcast?

We are excited to introduce our collaboration with StoryCorps to help you record your stories at home!

We encourage you to get to know your family's Vietnamese diaspora story by taking the time to record your own conversations with a love one.

It's very easy! Here's how:

  1. Download the StoryCorps App through the iTunes App Store or Google Play

  2. When setting up your profile, enter VBPSTORIES under the Community Code to join our Community

  3. Select New Interview and then Prep an Interview 
    (Tip: Under 'What questions will you ask?' you can select from VBP list of sample questions)

  4. Identify 'Who will you interview?'

  5. Don't forget to 'Share this interview' with

  6. Now, you're ready to record your interview!

Remember to follow the VBPSTORIES community and listen to other stories from around the world!

Through the StoryCorps App, you will be guided through the interview experience, from start to finish with easy-to-use tools to help you prepare interview questions, record high-quality conversations on your mobile device, and upload the audio to the Library of Congress and the Community online. 

Got questions? Reach out to we're here to help!


The Vietnamese Boat People

stories of hope, survival and resiliency


"I held on tight to my younger siblings. All four of them crying. With great confidence I said, don't worry I will take care of you. In a matter of 48 hours, I went from a carefree 13 year-old child, to one that felt the weight of an adult. I did not know what was going to happen to us, I just knew I had to take care of them."

Michelle, boat person 1975


"I was caught in my second attempt. Even though I was only a child, I was put in prison with the adults and beaten every day for a month. They were trying to get me to reveal where my mom was hiding and what other escapes she had planned. I cried with every beating, but never said a word."

Chris, boat person 1980


"I was not scared to escape. We had no freedom to do anything. It was endless days of hard labor,starvation, and oppression. There was nothing left to enjoy in life. When you've hit rock bottom, you lose all fear because you believe that anything is better than this life."

Steve, boat person 1979

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