Item Number: OH0813 (Record 483376)
Interview with Tranh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott (by: Ann Mallett) - January 23, 2011
23 January 2011
Thanh My Tran "Mindy" Elliott Collection
Oral History (Digital)
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.
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 23 May. 2013. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=OH0813>.