The Vietnamese Boat People

The Vietnamese Boat People podcast is stories of hope, survival and resilience. Between 1975 to 1992, almost two million Vietnamese risked their lives to flee oppression and hardship after the Vietnam War, in one of the largest mass exoduses in modern history. Escaping by boat, many found freedom in foreign land, many were captured and brutally punished, and many did not survive the journey. This population of people are known as the ‘Vietnamese Boat People‘ and these are their stories. Support the show and the mission to elevate our stories at We are a 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization. Thank you for your support!

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 28m. Bisher sind 51 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 4 Wochen.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 3 hours 21 minutes


episode 49: #49 Mai American

Kevin Truong was born in a refugee camp. His mom fled VietNam with his two older sisters, while two months pregnant with him. Kevin grew up in Oregon ashamed of his immigrant mother and how un-American their lives felt. For the past ten years Kevin h...



episode 48: #48 Buried Ruins

Buried Ruins is a play written by Vietnamese American actor and playwright, Carolina Đỗ .  It started out as a series of interviews that Carolina did with her parents, over the course of almost nine years, and turned into a personal writing project a...


 2023-04-14  40m

episode 47: #47 Live Episode! Making Before Me w/Lisa Phu

Lisa Phu is an Alaska-based journalist and the creator of "Before Me", a limited series chronicling her mother’s journey to America. Lisa has always wanted to record her mom's story but never quite found the right moment, until she gave birth to her...


 2023-03-14  48m

episode 46: #46 Bonus Episode: Before Me

PodSwap with Self Evident podcast! Before Me is a limited series launched by Self Evident with Alaska-based journalist Lisa Phu, chronicling her mother’s journey from Cambodia to America over the course of decades. The story unfolds between Lisa and ...


 2022-12-14  29m

episode 45: #45 Bonus Episode: Suzanne Thi Hien Hook

PodSwap with Seven Million Bikes Podcast!Suzanne Thi Hien Hook was a baby found on the street and placed in an orphanage during the Vietnam War. She’s Amerasian; with a Vietnamese mother and an African-American soldier father. She was adopted into a ...


 2022-11-30  1h8m

episode 44: #44 Bonus Episode: Listening Party

The stories we share on Vietnamese Boat People are often harrowing tales of people surviving adversities and finding strength and resilience to move forward. Diving into their family histories and trauma, our interviewees can all be described as brav...


 2022-11-16  31m

episode 43: #43 Bonus Episode: Healing Thru Writing

Family Histories & Emotional Truths: Healing Thru WritingAn intimate discussion with three Vietnamese-Americans who turned to writing as a way to confront and reconcile with their histories and upbringings. Featuring:Alison Hong Nguyen Lihalakha, aut...


 2022-10-26  1h5m

episode 42: #42 - Ambiguous Grief

Thi and Phuong Nam Doan are two sisters born in Portland, Oregon. In 2020, their mom was diagnosed with lewy body dementia, a type of progressive dementia that leads to a decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function. The family has been na...


 2022-07-27  36m

episode 41: #41 - Live Episode! The Magic Fish

Trung Lê Nguyễn was born in 1990 in a refugee camp in Palawan, Philippines. His parents escaped Vietnam by boat and resettled in Minnesota, USA shortly after Trung was born. He grew up learning English with his parents through picture books and was a...


 2022-06-14  48m

episode 40: #40 - 2022 Mỹ Việt Story Slam

​Many of us have experienced losses that have changed our lives. We have lost loved ones to war, harsh living conditions and arduous migrations or to illnesses, age and more recently to the pandemic. But sometimes the loss can be an invaluable object...


 2022-05-31  1h6m