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Vietnam - Saigon to San Francisco

1975 | Ming Quan Chang | Female | 20-39 years old

by Megan Tran (summary)

Angel Island immigrant: No

Place of Origin
Vietnam - Saigon

Place of Settlement
San Francisco

This video is one of a series from the “3 People” project of AIISF and Donaldina Cameron House. To see all the videos, visit our website.


Chang, Ming QuanMing Quan Chang, born in Cho Lon in the south of Vietnam, (later called Saigon and then Ho Chi Minh City), came from a large family consisting of ten brothers and sisters. In between 1940 and 1975, the country was war-torn leaving Chang’s family no choice but to leave. She was 26 years old at the time when she had to flee to many countries including Thailand and the Philippines before finally coming to San Francisco. Considering herself lucky, she shares her brave story of her struggles being a refugee before finally becoming a citizen of the United States.

Camera – Atticus Flores, Juliana Mak, and Owen Wong
Assistant Camera – Shawn Li
Sound – Kristen Huey


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