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From Vietnam To America: 'Sigh, Gone'

Phuc Tran and family in Washington. That's him in front.
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Phuc Tran and family in Washington. That's him in front.

Vietnam's capital city, Saigon, was the last to go. In the Spring of 1975, the United States pulled its last people out, and the communist North Vietnamese took over what was South Vietnam.

Phuc Tran's family fled rather than live under communist rule, and ended up in the Pennsylvania countryside. His story of assimilation and taking refuge in old books and new music is told in the memoir Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In.

Phuc Tran joins us with highlights of his journey.

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