Anh Thomas

As Interviewed by Michael Martinez, March 21, 2011
"Since there were military police all around trying to capture men leaving the country, he had to dress up like an old woman. He carried my 18-month-old sister and walked out, so it looked like just women and children who were leaving with the Americans."
Anh Thomas

Introductory Profile: About Anh Thomas

Anh Thomas is a Vietnamese immigrant who currently works as a financial auditor. Her family fled Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon and the end of the war. I interviewed Mrs. Thomas about how her family left the country and how she was treated in the U.S.

Anh was born in Saigon, the capitol of South Vietnam. With the war going on and the impending danger of invasion by forces from the north, her parents decided to flee with her aunt, who worked at the U.S. Embassy and was granted free travel to America.

After encountering problems with planes and having to go at a later time than planned, Anh Thomas and her family finally reached America, only nine days before the fall of Saigon and the north takeover. In the U.S, though, their problems were far from over. With the opposition to the Vietnam War, immigrants and refugees from the south were discriminated against and hated at first but soon came to be more appreciated.

The interview I conducted with Mrs. Thomas was very relaxed, partly because she is my neighbor, and I knew her already. Some parts of the interview were funny, but others were very serious and tense.

My interview with Anh Thomas went very well, and I got some good stories from it. I enjoyed the experience a lot and learned a lot about Vietnam in the process; so overall, I say the interview was a complete success.