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Oral history interview conducted by Gregory Ruf
July 01, 1993
Call number: 1994.007.02
43:29 - 刚到美国的生活（英语，租房） Her life when she and her children had just arrived in U.S. (language skill, renting)
48:15 - 在纽约的工作和生意：开成衣厂，礼品店 （在她的地产生意之前） Her job and business in New York: garment factory and gift shop (before real estate business)
54:50 - 在纽约的地产生意和她孩子在纽约的工作和学习 Her real estate business and her children's jobs and study in New York
Oral History Interview with Anonymous
The narrator was born circa 1950 in Taishan, Mainland China. After a brief stay in Hong Kong, her family settled in Saigon, Vietnam, where she lived for thirty years. As an adult, she worked, married, and had five children. The family lived comfortably until the Vietcong conquered South Vietnam and took possession of her family's considerable financial portfolio. Forced to flee, the narrator and her children were granted refugee status in America and settled in Brooklyn. She started numerous entrepreneurial pursuits, including a real estate business. At the time of the 1993 interview, the narrator lived in Brooklyn with her husband and four adult children.
In this interview, the narrator relates her life story with a backdrop of generations of her family's history. She describes Vietnam; living in Saigon, the Vietcong takeover, her family's process of fleeing, and immigrating to America as a refugee. The narrator discusses her entrepreneurial pursuits by evaluating each business that she started along with each demise. She looks at the real estate business in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn; providing general rent information and identifying the future prospects for the area and its Chinese American residents. Interview in Mandarin conducted by Gregory Ruf.
Brooklyn Historical Society collaborated with the Chinatown History Museum (now the Museum of Chinese in America) in order to conduct a series of oral histories with residents of the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Cantonese, Mandarin, and English language interviews focused on what was then a new presence of Chinese and Asian immigrants concentrated along Eighth Avenue. Among the topics that are explored in the interviews are tensions between different groups of Chinese immigrants, crime and safety in the neighborhood, Sunset Park's relationship to Manhattan's Chinatown, and how long-term residents of Sunset Park had adjusted to the area's "newcomers."
CitationAnonymous, Oral history interview conducted by Gregory Ruf, July 01, 1993, New Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records, 1994.007.02; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- mat tran dan toc giai phong mien nam viet nam
- Asian Americans
- Business enterprises
- Chinese Americans
- Emigration and immigration
- Real estate business
- Religious life and customs
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- Chinatown (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
- Chinatown (New York, N.Y.)
- Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
- Hong Kong (China)
- Sunset Park (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidNew Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records