Vietnamese Community Oral History Project: Interview with Brother Simon-Hòa Phan

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Titles Vietnamese Community Oral History Project: Interview with Brother Simon-Hòa Phan
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Brother Simon-Hòa Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Phan left Vietnam near the end of the war by helicopter from the U.S. embassy before the country fell to the Communist Party. Phan and his family sought refuge in Colorado and California. He later made his way to Minnesota to join the Benedictine monastery and completed college in the seminary. He then acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a Masters of Fine Arts in film. He teaches at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family background; Vietnam War; immigration; childhood memories; family business; seeking refuge from the Communists shelling the air force base; warfare and traumatic experiences; education; Asians in Vietnam and America; film and art; religion; celebrating Vietnamese culture; feeling discrimination as a minority; Vietnam Culture camp; being bilingual in Vietnamese and English; and the Vietnamese community.
Quantity 1.25 hours sound cassette
32 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:00:26 running time
Creation Interviewer: Tran, Phuoc Thi Minh
Interviewee: Phan, Brother Simon-Hõa O.S.B.
Made in: Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Vietnamese Americans -- Minnesota.
Dates Creation: 10/22/2010
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 125 (Library Call Number)
AV2011.15.3 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Vietnamese Community Oral History Project'


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