Returning to Saigon

In our episode “Voices of Vietnam: A Lost Homeland,” we spent some time with the oral history of Kim Delevett, recorded by historian Jason Stewart and found within Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Archive.

In the recording we learn about Kim’s experience growing up in the U.S., and how she sought to connect to her Vietnamese roots. Kim tells us about returning to Vietnam decades after the war was over. She had left Vietnam by plane as a toddler accompanied by her 10-year-old brother on April 25th, 1975. 

In the episode we cover a lot of Kim’s story, but we had to leave out some parts. One of those parts paints a picture, or really more of a snapshot, of a 10-year-old’s life in Vietnam during the war. Kim mentions that her brother sees his old elementary school and they stop to look at it. Take a listen:

Kim and Lam on a balcony in Saigon.
Kim and Lam on the balcony in Saigon, March 2005.

You can hear the rest of Kim’s story in the episode.