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Song of refugees #2 – 1954 Cha Bỏ Quê, 1975 Con Bỏ Nước (Father Left Home in 1954, Son Left Country in 1975)

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Haiphong 1954 ~ Northern Vietnamese leaving for the south ~ pc flick.com

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Song of refugees #6: Bài Hát Học Trò (A Student Song)

My last post notes a fire that I experienced in Minnesota back in the 1980s. After I posted the link on Facebook, a fellow former refugee responded that he remembers people ran out of the building that night and carrying “nothing but boomboxes.”

Funny, you say, but it is illustrative of two things.  First, Vietnamese music was very, very important to the refugees. Second, after automobiles boomboxes were the most valuable possessions for many refugees back then, especially men in the twenties and thirties, some of whom populated the apartment building that was burned down.

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A boombox from JVC manufactured in 1982… JVC and Sony were the hottest brand names for Vietnamese refugees at the time. ~ pc eBay

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