Photos of Vietnamese “Boat People’s” journeys accompany Pascale My Phuong Tran’s recollections (audio) of her father's bravery in escaping Vietnam in this media gallery produced for the American Experience First Days Story Project. The accompanying photographs show the often-perilous journey faced by similar refugees. After leaving Saigon, Pascale’s father moved to a village on the sea and became a fisherman. During the late 1970s, he spent years gathering materials to build a boat, and then used it to carry more than 400 refugees into the Pacific Ocean. In the audio recording, Pascale describes to her friend, Ngoc-Tran Vu, how after surviving the century’s biggest hurricane in the Pacific and refusing rescue by a Russian ship, her father and his passengers eventually made it to an island in Malaysia. Produced by StoryCorps for the WGBH American Experience First Days Story Project, part of the outreach and engagement initiative for the film, "Last Days in Vietnam."
Find out more at the project's website.