Photograph of Linh Nguyen playing the Dan Tranh, a traditional musical instrument with 16 strings

Photograph of Linh Nguyen playing the Dan Tranh.

“I started learning to play the Dan Tranh, a traditional musical instrument with 16 strings, when I was 10 years old.”

Glenbow Museum
Glenbow Museum, Linh Nguyen
2005
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
VIET NAM
© 2005, Glenbow Museum/Linh Nguyen. All Rights Reserved.


Life was very difficult for us in Vietnam. Our family fled North Vietnam in 1954 because the communists seized power and executed wealthy landowners and the bourgeois.

During this time, my father’s job was not paying enough to support our large family, and my parents were draining their savings.

After we submitted our application [to immigrate to Canada] in 1989, the Communist Vietnam government took back our identity cards. We were forbidden to go to school and to work, which meant that we lost all remaining rights as citizens.

In Canada, we really appreciate what freedom and democracy are, and how human rights are respected.

We are free to become involved with the activities of our Canadian Vietnamese Community Association. Through our Association we can join the fight that millions of Vietnamese expatriates are involved in. That is the fight for freedom, human rights and democracy for the people in our homeland still living under Communist rule.

Life was very difficult for us in Vietnam. Our family fled North Vietnam in 1954 because the communists seized power and executed wealthy landowners and the bourgeois.

During this time, my father’s job was not paying enough to support our large family, and my parents were draining their savings.

After we submitted our application [to immigrate to Canada] in 1989, the Communist Vietnam government took back our identity cards. We were forbidden to go to school and to work, which meant that we lost all remaining rights as citizens.

In Canada, we really appreciate what freedom and democracy are, and how human rights are respected.

We are free to become involved with the activities of our Canadian Vietnamese Community Association. Through our Association we can join the fight that millions of Vietnamese expatriates are involved in. That is the fight for freedom, human rights and democracy for the people in our homeland still living under Communist rule.

© 2005, Glenbow Museum/Linh Nguyen. All Rights Reserved.

Flag of former Vietnam. Most Vietnamese expatriates still identify with this flag.

Flag of former Vietnam.

Most Vietnamese expatriates still identify with this flag rather than the current Vietnamese Communist flag.

“My family and I, still identify with this flag. I connect the three red stripes with three most important elements for the life of a human-being: freedom, human rights and democracy."

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Glenbow Museum, Linh Nguyen

VIET NAM
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
© 2006, Glenbow Museum. All Rights Reserved.


Audio Clip (2:09 mins, 1.99 MB wma file), Footsteps of Vietnam, performed by Da Nhat Yen and Asia4, written by Thieng Tu Tram

Although our lives fulfilled
We miss our homeland
Mothers spent sleepless nights
Wishing for our home
And love and life we know
It's harder to be upon
What's lost, we feel the pain
United, we'll survive

Through all twenty years,
looking back on memories
Touched by human soul,
with a love that lasts forever
We must be heard twenty years go by
Live in love and hate,
found our place in time
Grand merci la France
pour vos bras ouverts
Danke Germany for your open arms
Merci Canada pour la liberte
Thanks America, for your open arms
We thank the world
for its true freedom
We thank the world,
we thank the world
Thank you, we thank you all
All across the world,
scatter footsteps of Viet Nam
All across the world,
scatter footsteps of Viet Nam

ASIA ENTERTAINMENT (Trung Tam ASIA)
ASIA ENTERTAINMENT (Trung Tam ASIA), Da Nhat Yen, Asia4, Thieng Tu Tram, Le Tịnh Thong, Do Phu
c. 1990
FRANCE
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
VIET NAM
AUSTRALIA
UNITED STATES
GERMANY
© 1990, ASIA ENTERTAINMENT (Trung Tam ASIA). All Rights Reserved.


“Photograph of traditional Vietnamese Wedding. I am on the left side of the photo with my sister Dung.”

Photograph of traditional Vietnamese Wedding. "I am on the left side of the photo with my sister Dung.”

"Most of my family is together now. Canada encourages multiculturalism. This is a precious opportunity for us to maintain links to our Vietnamese heritage."

Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen, Glenbow Museum
2000
VIET NAM
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
© 2000, Linh Nguyen. All Rights Reserved.


A global citizen recognizes that individual responsibility traverses borders. Learn about the active citizenship role Linh Nguyen takes both locally and globally.

Linh Nguyen's Story:

Life was very difficult for us in Vietnam. Our family fled North Vietnam in 1954 because the communists seized power and executed wealthy landowners and the bourgeois.

During this time, my father's job was not paying enough to support our large family, and my parents were draining their savings.

After we submitted our application [to immigrate to Canada] in 1989, the Communist Vietnam government took back our identity cards. We were forbidden to go to school and to work, which meant that we lost all remaining rights as citizens.

In Canada, we really appreciate what freedom and democracy are, and how human rights are respected.

We are free to become involved with the activities of our Canadian Vietnamese Community Association. Through our Association we can join the fight that millions of Vietnamese expatriates are involved in. That is the fight for freedom, human rights and democracy for the people in our homeland still living under Communist rule.

Footsteps of Vietnam:

Although our lives fulfilled
We miss our homeland
Mothers spent sleepless nights
Wishing for our home
And love and life we know
It's harder to be upon
What's lost, we feel the pain
United, we'll survive

Through all twenty years, looking back on memories
Touched by human soul, with a love that lasts forever
We must be heard twenty years go by
Live in love and hate, found our place in time
Grand merci la France pour vos bras ouverts
Danke Germany for your open arms
Merci Canada pour la liberte
Thanks America, for your open arms
We thank the world for its true freedom
We thank the world, we thank the world
Thank you, we thank you all
All across the world, scatter footsteps of Viet Nam
All across the world, scatter footsteps of Viet Nam

Taking Action:

Consider how Linh takes an active citizenship role in her community both locally and globally. Seek out literature from advocacy groups and NGO's (non-governmental organizations) focused on immigration and human rights issues globally. Identify current issues through discussion. Then as a group select an issue through consensus. Create a plan of action. Many organizations will have ways for you to get involved. Investigate these possibilities as part of your plan. Then take action!


Resources for Further Study:

Refugees
CBC site with clips about the Boat People.
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-69-524/life_society/boat_people/

Teachers Resource Package about Refugees
http://www.unac.org/learn/wrld/Refugees/FINAL%20ENGLISH%20GUIDE.pdf

Human Rights
International Declaration of Human Rights.
http://www.un.org/rights/

Teacher and student friendly version of the International Declaration of Human Rights.
http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/index.asp

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/pdp-hrp/canada/guide/index_e.cfm

Vietnam War
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/learning_history/vietnam/vietnam_teacher.cfm

Cambodia
A PBS site that provides links and resources about the Khmer Rouge and contemporary life in Cambodia.
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/cambodia/links.html

Thailand
An overview of Thailand on Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand

Laos
An overview of Laos on Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos

Extended biographical information about Thép.
http://www.junerain.com/en/about.php

China
CBC site with clips about Chinese immigration to Canada.
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-69-1433/life_society/chinese_immigration/


Glenbow Museum
Glenbow Museum, Linh Nguyen, Rare Method
2006
VIET NAM
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
© 2006, Glenbow Museum. All Rights Reserved.


Learning Objectives

Students will learn about responsibilities associated with active and responsible citizenship through individual and collective action.

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