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Exchange Exemplar: From there, but not OF there: 'Sigh, Gone'

The bitter end of the Vietnam war captured the attention of all America in 1975. And it changed Phuc Tran's forever.

His parents did not stick around to see what a communist Vietnam was like; they got out and moved to Pennsylvania when Phuc was just a toddler. So he grew up here, knowing little of his birth country, but also not immediately accepted as a child of this one.

He tells the story in Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In. The author visited in 2020, and we revisit the interview here.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.