Cong Tran


As interviewed by A.P., March 18th, 2016
"You know, if it weren't for the Communists and their ideals, Vietnam would have become a better country in general. Because of the Communists, Vietnam would now need 20, if not 30 years to become as successful as a country like present-day Singapore. Even then, Singapore would continue to become more and more successful."
Cong Tran

Introductory Profile: About Cong Tran

My interviewee’s name is Cong Tran, who is my aunt from my father’s side. She was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam in May, 5th 1939. Cong is currently a 76 year-old Asian woman who stands at 4’ 8” and loves eating food. She is a widowed woman who lives alone and hosts a small Vietnamese radio broadcast. The interview tends to be her telling a story about her experiences in Vietnam during the Communist rule, it gives an image of life at that time. Mrs. Tran fled from Vietnam in 1981 when she had enough with the oppressive Communist rule. She fled with her family by boat to Indonesia, and eventually after being processed, she then flew to Canada in 1982. After a few months she proceeded to immigrate to America to live in Austin, Texas.

Overall, Mrs. Tran, my interviewee seems a bit nostalgic about her life in Communist Vietnam, the interview is about her stories and perspectives in Vietnam. We discussed the treatment of those living in South Vietnam under Communist rule, the change in lifestyle, and the reasoning behind her reason for escaping the Communist state. The interview tends to have a serious, yet casual tone. Mrs. Tran feels like she had no choice but to escape from the state as the conditions were becoming unbearable and there was no clear end in sight. She mentioned that if it weren't for the Communists, Vietnam would have become a better country in general. She also stated that because of the Communists, Vietnam would need 20, if not 30 years to become as successful as a country like present-day Singapore. Even then, Singapore would continue to become more and more successful.