Voices: 40 years later, still looking through the eyes of a refugee

April 19, 2015 11:05 AM

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April 30, 1975, just about 40 years ago. On a U.S. military base in Guam, in a Quonset hut my family has been sharing with two dozen other families since we fled South Vietnam a week before, the bunk beds are filled with people listening to my father translate a BBC radio announcement: Saigon, our nation's capital, has fallen to northern communists.

The spell breaks. While some stay in their beds and stare into space, others drift outside toward the cafeteria that by then was serving 20,000 refugees. It's lunch time after all. What else is there to say? Everyone's exhausted. As a song sums up Vietnamese history until then: A thousand years ensl...

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