Everyday America
Everyday America
Sep 10, 2020
008 Waterway Interviews - Thuy Flees Vietnam
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Today we’re going to hear a story from what I call the waterway interviews, captured during a documentary expedition in a small boat, from Norfolk to Boston. 

Each day we’d end up in a new port and each day we’d find someone to interview.  I collected a batch of interviews from an interesting cross-section of Americans.

I interviewed immigrants, professors, evangelists, families, and even a tornado survivor.

Today we’re going to hear from Thuy, (Twee).  Her story is fascinating, not only because as a child she and her family had to flee Vietnam in a boat, but also because of her attitudes towards America.  She talks about why they left and what they hoped to find, about getting to America and about racism, about opportunity and hard work.  It’s a positive story and at the end she has interesting advice for those unhappy with the country.

 Quote to watch for:

"That’s why I don’t have the tolerance for people who say they hate this country.  Yes we do have flaws, we’re not perfect, nothing is perfect, but I think overall, America, there’s no place like it.”

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