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Interview with Sister Elizabeth Nghia
Title : Interview with Sister Elizabeth Nghia Interview with Sister Elizabeth Nghia
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Creator : Nghia, Elizabeth, 1945-
Source : Oral History of Women's Political Activity, OH 250/3
Date of creation : 1994
Additional Creator : Chryssides, Helen
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Elizabeth Nghia Bui was born in North Vietnam. Her family fled to South Vietnam in 1954 and settled in Saigon. Elizabeth entered the order of the Lovers of the Holy Cross and trained first as a teacher and then as a social worker. In 1975 at the time of the fall of Saigon she was in charge of an orphanage which came under Communist control. Elizabeth escaped on board a fishing boat with 31 others in June 1976. After two weeks they were rescued and taken to Japan. From there Elizabeth decided to come to Australia. In the extract presented here she describes her flight from Vietnam.

Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :

Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial Vietnam , Canberra : Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2002

Crowe, Ambrose. The battle after the war : the story of Australia's Vietnam veterans, St. Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1999

Doyle, Jeff, Jeffrey Grey, and Peter Pierce. Australia's Vietnam War, College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2002

McKay, Gary. Bullets, beans and bandages : Australians at war in Vietnam, St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin , 1999

McKay, Gary. Viet Nam shots : a photographic account of Australians at war, St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2002

Murphy, John. Harvest of fear : a history of Australia's Vietnam War, St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1993

Robinson, W. Courtland. Terms of refuge : the Indochinese exodus & the international response, London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by St. Martin's Press, 1998

Woodruff, Mark W. Unheralded victory : who won the Vietnam War?, London : HarperCollins, 2000



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