The rhetoric surrounding refugees is today often framed as matters of border security, illegal movement, or burdens on welfare systems. Visiting the camp where she was born, Xuyen Nguyen reflects on her family’s journey and the choices refugees have been pushed to make.
In 1965 Indonesia experienced anti-communist purges which left thousands, or perhaps millions, of people dead. In North Sumatra, a former political prisoner reflects on what it was like to be labelled a communist and experience the “curse” of Suharto firsthand.
Growing up in the United States, Will Nguyen’s knowledge of Vietnamese language and history had come from a firmly South Vietnamese perspective. His research has led him to interrogate the north/south divide in his journey to uncover multiple perspectives and truths.