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Family History Project

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Theresa Pham

on 16 May 2013

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Theresa Pham's Family History Project My tale begins with my ancestors. My heritage and culture is influenced by these incredible people. A vast majority of my relatives currently reside in Vietnam or originate from the country. Geography My personality definitely bloomed under my parents' influence. My mom, who is always talkative, funny, and outgoing, passed down these traits to me. Although my hard-working dad is a man of little words, he can never stop fidgeting. That is why I can't sit still during church and try so hard at school. My entire family has a strong love for food. Cooking are hobbies for both of my parents and I've grown up trying new dishes and restaurants. Throughout my family, the value of education has always been established because not all of my relatives had have the opportunity for a greater future like me. I feel like I would ultimately pass down a passion for food and the understanding of the importance of education. Personality Features Timeline My mother Thanh Truc Family Photos My older sister Debbie Three of my first cousins on my mom's side,
Elaine, Nancy, and Jaimie My cousins, aunts, and uncles from my dad's side, Uncle Do, Aunt Loan, Sunny, Jennetta, me, my mom, Debbie, Scott, Aunt Hoa, Elyse, my dad, and Kevin The names in my family have never really been passed down. Vietnamese people don't often name their child after a relative because it is seen as disrespectful. In Vietnam, kids are given nicknames that are numbers because often families have a lot of children. For example, my mom has 8 brothers and sisters and in which she is the youngest so therefore, family members call her 9. Many first names are given in relation to the characteristics the parents hope the child to acquire. Some may name their children after precious gemstones or beautiful flowers. My sister's last name is a combination of both my mom and dad's last name. When I was born, my dad planned to make my last name like my sister's as well but forgot. My name, Theresa, was given to me because of my dad's dream for me to live my life like St. Thérèse de Lisieux. Name Game 1986 My mom moves to France 1994 My mom moves to America 1975 My dad is able to escape Vietnam after the fall of Saigon My father's birthplace, Rach Gia Hue and Da Nang, where my dad served for the Special Forces during the Vietnam War in 1972 to 1975 Family Tree Family Interview Reflection As an American citizen, I dream of growing up in a healthy community. I want to pursue a career in the medical field and hopefully become a neonatologist or obstetrician. I want to make the country better by simply assisting in building a greater generation. I'm not sure where I plan to live and make a difference in, but Texas doesn't seem like a bad place to be. Future Goals Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, where both of my parents and their families reside/resided in 1926 My grandfather, Tai Lieu Pham, is born My grandmother, Nhan Thi Nguyen is born 1928 Family Interview My family travels to Vietnam 2012 As I interviewed my aunt, Kim Thanh Huynh, from my mom's side, I learned that she escaped the communist regime during the Vietnam War on November 28, 1979. During her generation and childhood, many Vietnamese songs were written to sooth the hardships from the Vietnam War. Although no one from my family participated in reform movements, my grandpa, uncles, and dad all served in the armed forces against Viet Cong. My grandparents stressed the importance of an education by making it necessary for my aunts and uncles to be educated in a Catholic private school. When my aunt was young, she learned most by memorization, rather than based on understanding the concepts like us. At school, they learned French and had to read French books as required reading. Morals are something that my aunt feels students now should be taught. The Beatles and Mick Jagger were her favorite artists when she was in school. Bookkeeping at a bank was my aunt's first paying job. Family Interview My aunt is most proud of the opportunity of receiving a higher education that my family has been given. As a family, we often have random dinners together, which is where my aunt has special family memories. Tet, is a tradition where we have sticky rice cake, dragon dances, and red money envelopes to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. Family Interview My dad's younger brother, Danny Hieu Pham, was able to sought refuge by immigrating to Houston, Texas in 1980. The communist forces that had taken over Vietnam caused my uncle to leave. The songs that were played during his generation often encouraged the citizens to fight during the struggle for freedom and gave him hope. The Vietnam War impacted the society and government the most during his life. 1979 Several relatives immigrant to America 1996 My sister is born My mom, sister, and I go to Vietnam December 2007 Family Interview My uncle was home-schooled so there was no required reading. My grandmother took her time to teach her children in order for them to be able to support their family by getting a job. He believes that all students should take more advanced math classes. During his generation, many kids were too poor to go to school. However, since the economy has gotten better, there are more opportunities. Classical was his favorite genre of music. With the changing technology, my uncle Danny is amazed by the large and enhanced tvs. Family Interview Like my mom’s side, nobody on my dad’s side participated in the reform movements but many of my male relatives fought in the Vietnam War. Rice is our family's main cultural food and Vietnamese New Years, or Tet, is the holiday that marks the first day of the Lunar New Year. After coming to America, my uncle got his first paying job in a convenient store mopping floors. Being able to buy his first house and begin raising a family is my uncle's most special family memory. His four well-educated children are what he takes the most pride in. 1995 My parents get married 1998 I am born If I could, I would most definitely want to go back to the time period of the United States' involvement with the Vietnam War. As the Vietnam War approached Vietnam, it caused its citizens to be in a great economical downfall, political restrictions due to the formation of a unlimited government, and emotional depression. Due to the fact that my entire family was impacted by the event, I would want to try to make a difference. I could have invented a bomb that allowed South Vietnam's victory. The possibilities are unless. Recipe 1959 My grandmother dies of edema 1962 My grandfather remarries my great-aunt, Sen Thi Nguyen My grandma, Nhien Thi Tran passes away July 2007 2005 My uncle, Cong Dinh Pham passes away My grandpa, Chuc Hung Huynh dies 2009 My dad is born 1955 2000 We move into our present day house April 2007 My mom's nanny dies 2000 My grandparents immigrate the United States My dad is drafted in the Vietnam War 1972 My mom came to Houston, Texas in 1994 from France My dad came to Michigan from Vietnam in November 1975 and lived there for two years He then moved to California in 1981 for a year Although Vietnamese-Chinese, my grandma was born in Cambodia and moved to Vietnam at 10 years old My dad lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for a year after New York After Michigan, my dad moved to New York for 6 months My dad then relocated to Durant, Oklahoma 1982 My dad goes to college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University 1965 My mom is born My grandma Nhien Thi Tran and grandpa Chuc Hung Huynh in the mid 1900's My dog Jessi To make fish simmered in caramel sauce or ca kho to, 1 1/2 lbs of catfish that is cut up into about 4 inch pieces, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of fish sauce (preferably Three Crabs Brand), 4 chopped up scallions, 1 tablespoon of chili pepper, and ground black pepper are needed. First, in a heavy 2-quart saucepan, cook the sugar over low to medium heat, swirling the pan constantly, until brown and caramelized. Then remove pan from heat and stir the fish sauce into the caramel. Return the pan to low heat and gently boil for a couple minutes while stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the scallions and chili pepper. Add the fish in the caramel sauce and sprinkle with black pepper. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Let it simmer for 30-45 minutes, turning the fish occasionally and carefully. Then, simply serve with rice. Can Tho, where my eldest aunt on my mom's side moved back to after coming to America in 2003 My family makes this dish because it's one of the traditional Vietnamese meals that is eaten the typical rice. Vietnamese people eat a lot of fish as well as fish sauce because the country is located near seas and gulfs and is able to produce the sauce as well as catch seafood. Dung, one of my many cousins in Vietnam My first cousin once removed or my cousin's daughter from my mom's side, Kamie My other cousin, Duy My dad, Henry and I in 2008 at Disneyland My first cousin, once removed on my mom's side, Vy Vy's little brother, Cocoa
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