KQED journalist and former KPIX 5 reporter Thuy Vu recounts her family’s escape from Vietnam following the Fall of Saigon.
40 years ago, a heroic mission unfolded at Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon, a few days before the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong took over South Vietnam on April 30, 1975.
40 years after the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, the Bay Area’s Vietnamese community of today looks nothing like the first wave of refugees who first arrived here.
The lives and fortunes of thousands of Vietnamese refugees changed with their exodus from Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War 40 years ago this month. Among those seeking a new start in the U.S., perhaps no refugee embraced the American dream as fiercely as David Duong.
Kimberly runs a thriving nail salon. Her family is among the thousands of Vietnamese-Americans who make up the estimated 80% of nail technicians in California.
Operation Babylift: 40 Years After Bay Area Opened Arms To Vietnam’s Orphans, Historic Sites Hidden In Plain Sight
Harmon Hall now sits vacant and locked up just across Old Mason Street from the former military air field. But in 1975 it was the first U.S. home for orphaned children from the war, including three little girls who reflected on their 40 year journey with KPIX 5.
In a first-ever breaking news moment captured live on television, the Bay Area saw history in the making, as a region’s identity and place in history was forever changed in the first of several flights filled with babies.
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A Bay Area veteran visited the shores of Vietnam on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. troops landing there.
Just in time for Veteran’s Day, San Francisco is celebrating the renovation of a Financial District building that will house more than 100 homeless veterans.