Be a part of "Searching for Little Saigon in America."

I was on my flight to Irvine when I drafted these questions.  As I hope to put this entire project into book form, I am slowly working on a long form essay to help build this narrative.  But it can't just be from literary research.  I need to get stories from others in it just as much as I want to put the photographs in.  If you want to be photographed and/or be a part of this story, "Searching for Little Saigon in America" kindly email me: ted@tednghiem.com or fill out the following questionnaire.  I would love to photograph and interview you!

  • Where were you born in Vietnam?
  • What were some of your fondest memories?
  • What were some of your worst memories?
  • When did you leave Vietnam?
  • When did you arrive in America?
  • What were your first impressions of America?  Did America fulfill those impressions and or goals that you had before coming to America?
  • What do you miss from Vietnam?
  • How long have you been living in the United States?
  • What foods do you miss from Vietnam if you cannot find them or the ingredients here?
  • Has the transition from Vietnam to America changed the food, the way you eat, and or the way the food is prepared in any way?
  • Are all or some of your family members living outside of Vietnam?
  • Do you plan on going back to Vietnam in the near future?  If so what kind of memories and traditions do you miss there that you can't recreate in the US?
  • How did you situate in your current location?
  • What are your dreams for the future?  For yourself, your spouse and or children?
  • Did you meet the goals or dreams in America that you dreamed of before coming to the country?
  • How do you see Vietnamese culture in America?  Is it the same as in Vietnam or has it transformed?  For better or for worse?
  • What traditions of your family do you hope to be passed on?
  • What do you think of the food in America?  The culture of food?  Has it affected Vietnamese cuisine?