A family at last!

The drought of happiness has finally ended after long lonely years! (In picture, hiMe's family arrived at Canberra Airport in November 1990 aboard an Australian Airlines flight from Sydney: her Dad, her younger sister, her Mum (wearing glasses), her youngest brother and her youngest sister.)

The drought of happiness has finally ended after long lonely years! (In picture, hiMe’s family arrived at Canberra Airport in November 1990 aboard an Australian Airlines flight from Sydney: her Dad, her younger sister, her Mum (wearing glasses), her youngest brother and her youngest sister.)

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30/4/1975 was the day of the fall of Saigon and because he was a Signal Corps Lieutenant Colonel of the South Vietnam Army, my father spent ten years in various hard labour camps. On release, he was issued a “TEMPORARY RELEASE” paper which meant that he could be re-arrested at any time for any reason. Moreover, every week for two years, he had to present himself at the local police station to report what he did, where he went, whom he met during the week. During that two years, he was not considered a citizen of his birth country and wasn’t allowed to work. Even after he was restored his “Citizen Rights”, with his background, no one wanted to hire him. But wait there’s more!

A family at last’s related information

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The Humanitarian Operation (HO) Program began in 1989 with an official agreement between the United States and Vietnam in regard to Vietnam’s political prisoners. After 1975, the newly instated regime sent one million Vietnamese military officials from former South Vietnam to re-education camps, in actuality forced labor locations. In 1983, the United States began negotiations for release of these political prisoners. The Vietnamese government agreed to their release if the United States government allowed them to immigrate to the United States. The in-country processing program started in 1989 and former political prisoners began to arrive in 1991. But wait there’s more!

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 TYCOON LE HONG THUY TIEN OUTSIDE HER HIGH-SECURITY RIVERSIDE VILLA IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. THE COAT OF ARMS ON THE GATES APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN MODELLED ON THAT OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.


TYCOON LE HONG THUY TIEN OUTSIDE HER HIGH-SECURITY RIVERSIDE VILLA IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. THE COAT OF ARMS ON THE GATES APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN MODELLED ON THAT OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.

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1.Overseas scholarships grant in Vietnam.

Mark A. Ashwill – an international educator in Vietnam talks about education corruption relating to granting overseas scholarships in Vietnam. (Link to Mark A. Ashwill post on 15/10/2012) But wait there’s more!

Farewell those concubines

I'd made it short! I'll make it long! I felt empowering to write my first short story.

I’d made it short! I’ll make it long! I felt empowering to write my first short story.

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During our 2012 Christmas emails, as I told my friends the redundancy situations I’d known, I learnt that they too suffered from their countries’ economic downturns. But wait there’s more!

The 1973 Nobel Peace Prize and the Paris Peace Accords

I assured the Ambassador Chief of Delegation that the communication system between Paris and Saigon would be restored soon before the Conference should have started the next day.

I assured the Ambassador Chief of Delegation that the communication system between Paris and Saigon would be restored soon before the Conference should have started the next day.

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The Paris Peace Conference started in 1968 and ended in 1973, with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords for a settlement of peace in Vietnam.

The conference was held at the International Conference Hall on Avenue Kléber, Paris every Thursday. A Military Intelligence Team and a Signal Team were attached to the South Vietnam Delegation, which was located on Avenue Raymond Poincaré, Paris. But wait there’s more!

A new dawn

I used to be a commander. Ten years in jail and two decades later it was panic on the first day in my job.

I used to be a commander. Ten years in jail and two decades later it was panic on the first day in my job.

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My family resettled in Canberra in November 1990 under the sponsorship of our daughter hiMe, who worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

I was 57 years old then. I needed a job to support my family. I was a graduate Electronics Communications Engineer at the US Army Signal School, so I applied with Telstra.

Telstra accepted my application but I didn’t hear from them for a long time. But wait there’s more!

I will live

Love for my family gave me more courage to live. (People in picture: Mum, Dad, Mum's two younger sisters, 11-year-old hiMe, hiMe's 9-year-old and 7-year-old sisters. Picture taken in 1973 at Tan Son Nhat airport, Saigon when Dad was to fly to New Jersey, USA to attend the one-year study of the Communications Electronics Engineer Course.)

Love for my family gave me more courage to live.
(People in picture: Mum, Dad, Mum’s two younger sisters, 11-year-old hiMe, hiMe’s 9-year-old and 7-year-old sisters. Picture taken in 1973 at Tan Son Nhat airport, Saigon when Dad was to fly to New Jersey, USA to attend the one-year study of the Communications Electronics Engineer Course.)

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I wish I could turn back the time so that,
I would then push my Dad to quickly flee.
“Run, Dad, and save your life no matter what!
The Communists won’t spare you, let hear me!
Commander’s duty – you fulfilled at last,
We don’t want you killed – let hear us all plea!
You’re not safe but we are, so let’s run fast!”
(Terza-Rima-style poem) But wait there’s more!

I will live poem

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(Terza-Rima-style poem)

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I wish I could turn back the time so that,
I would then push my Dad to quickly flee.
“Run, Dad, and save your life no matter what!
The Communists won’t spare you, let hear me!
Commander’s duty – you fulfilled at last,
We don’t want you killed – let hear us all plea!
You’re not safe but we are, so let’s run fast!”

Image credit
by Nishanth Jois.

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