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Item Number
OH0813
Record Number
483376
Title
Interview with Tranh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott
Interviewer
Ann Mallett
Interview Date
23 January 2011
Collection
Thanh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott Collection
Media Type
Oral History
Length
01:54:22 hr/min/sec
Description
Thanh My Tran Elliott (Tran Thi Thanh My), English name Mindy, was a young, single mother when she left Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life for her and her young son. In Vietnam she had been denied an education because her father, Tran Van Man, a former ARVN colonel, was a political prisoner interned in Vietnam's reeducation camps. Mrs. Elliott and her sister survived by doing nails in their home. After five years of hard work and scraping together money Mrs. Elliott opened a coffee shop, but continued to do nails in order to support her small son. After roughly eighteen years of incarceration her father was released and with the help of the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association, he was able to immigrate to the U.S. through the UNHCR's ODP, and bring Thanh My and her son with him. Thanh My resettled in Texas. She passed her U.S. citizenship test, earned her license to become a hairstylist, and now owns and runs her own hair salon.
Citation
Interview with Tranh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott,  23 January 2011, Thanh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 20 Sep. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=OH0813>.
Pub. Credit Line
OH0813, Thanh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
 
Added: 3 Feb 2011

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