First and Second Generation Vietnamese Immigrants

EXHIBITION : IMMIGRATION THE CHANGING FACE OF IRELAND

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Pat Kenny meets father and daughter, first and second generation Vietnamese immigrants, who have made Ireland their home. They share their experiences of living in Ireland.

  • Title
    Vietnamese Refugees in Ireland
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/12/2012
  • Contributor
    Pat Kenny (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:09:01
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Today with Pat Kenny
  • Clip title
    First and Second Generation Vietnamese Immigrants
  • Extended description

    In August 1979 the Irish government agreed to take in 204 boat people who were fleeing the communist regime in Vietnam. Many of those who left ended up in refugee camps in Hong Kong before they were relocated. Pat Kenny is joined by Sanh Nguyen and his daughter Chau who talk about their experiences as immigrants in Ireland. Sanh talks about his life in Vietnam and his reasons for coming to Ireland.

    Sanh Nguyen first heard about Ireland as a refugee in Hong Kong. When he moved to Ireland he stayed first at Blanchardstown hospital where many of the Vietnamese were housed. He met his Vietnamese wife, married and had a family. Chau talks about being born in Ireland, growing up in Sligo, moving to Dublin and attending third level at Kevin Street Institue of Technology, where she qualified as an electrical engineer. They both talk about their ongoing connection with Vietnam.

  • Information

    'Today with Pat Kenny' is a mid-morning current affairs magazine programme on RTÉ Radio 1. The programme features stories of the day, sharp analysis, in-depth features and consumer interest.

    The accompanying image shows Vietnamese boat people on a coach waiting to be transported to Blanchardstown after arriving at Dublin Airport in August 1979.

  • Local keywords
    Immigrants, Immigration, Vietnam, Boat People, Hong Kong, Blanchardstown, Sanh Nguyen, Chau Nguyen
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2012
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    C20124234
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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