The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed Anna at home. She is five feet tall and looks American/European but once you talk to her, you will soon realize that she doesn't understand or speak a lot of English. This is a painful memory for Anna and it was also a traumatizing moment that bonded Anna and her grandmother.

It was an early Sunday morning and they were at mass at 4:30 am. They left mass at 5:30 am. Once they got close to home, they saw people running in the opposite direction yelling “The Vietcong is coming!” Everyone was knocking on doors and warning each other that the Vietcong started to shoot. They left everything behind in their homes. Anna's grandmother grabbed her and ran. As they were running, she looked up and saw planes and helicopters above. They were dropping bombs everywhere. Anna had no idea where they were running to or where other people were running. Anna was running in a crowd of 20-30 people. They gathered in a large hole and hid. Whoever had food shared what they could and ate. They prayed the rosary together. When they finished, a bomb fell into the hole near her grandmother. They thought this would be the end for them. Then, the bomb began to stink. It never exploded. Anna ran again for 3 more hours and ran into a priest. He was carrying a Mary statue with him and a church book. They ran to the safest place possible and the priest started a mass. Fast forward a few days, they were on an open farm for 3 days without food, shelter, or water. They didn't want to be under trees because the planes were aiming for the trees thinking they were crowds. When the planes got close to the ground, everyone laid down and played dead. At that time, Anna was missing her two uncles and her mom. Anna's grandmother cried for days thinking her kids were dead. Three to four days later, the bombings stopped so everybody walked home. When they returned home, their homes were no longer theirs. The Vietcong basically moved in. They had weapons and uniforms, and we were only allowed to be in one room of the house. They kept Anna and her family in one area to watch them. Some of their special foods included rice, fish sauce, and potatoes. The Vietcong ate all of it and left nothing behind. Anna's family wasn’t offered food or water. The Vietcong kept everything for themselves. Because Anna is half Vietnamese, she was hidden outside of the house, afraid of being a target. The Vietcong were living in Anna's house for 2 months.

The Vietnam War

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1975
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I interviewed Anna at home. She is five feet tall and looks American/European but once you talk to her, you will soon realize that she doesn't understand or speak a lot of English. This is a painful memory for Anna and it was also a traumatizing moment that bonded Anna and her grandmother.

Decade: 1970s
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Recorded by Anna Nguyen on November 8, 2020
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