Nancy Quan and Tom Vuong


NANCY QUAN: We came from Vietnam. We are citizens of Vietnam. But we're not Vietnamese, we are Chinese.

TOM VUONG: A lot is different, different classes, teachers, and students.

NANCY: School is freer over here than over there. Here there is freedom of speech, freedom of religion. It's better than Vietnam, much better. For example you can smoke over here, but over there you can't smoke in school.

TOM: Over there you couldn't have couples. I like this school the best. Over there you can't do anything. You can't talk to your teacher, sit on the tables, or things like that.

NANCY: I like Big Macs better than hamburgers. I like pizza. It is so delicious. We have four kinds of food in Vietnam, there's French, Vietnamese, Chinese, and U.S. food. We also have Cokes, Sprites, Orange, and every kind of soda.

In Vietnam we wear hippy dresses, skirts, and hot pants. No jeans, but we do have the jean jackets.

TOM: Over there when you go shopping you don't have to drive one or two miles, you just walk. Everything is close together. We don't drive very much. If you need to take the bus somewhere it just takes about twenty minutes. Also a lot of people ride motorcycles. They ride motorcycles in Vietnam like people drive cars in the United States. Every family has two or three motorcycles. Rich people usually have the cars, but they also have motorcycles.

NANCY: The music is the same in Vietnam, we have slow songs and sweet songs. Our songs are sung in different languages: Vietnamese, Chinese, and English, We have such songs as "Love Story," and "Love is Blue."

Over there we go to school. We learn English, and Chinese. I speak four languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, English, and Mandarin. We take History, Geography, Math, English, and Chinese. We don't choose what we want.

TOM: In Vietnam my father was a dentist. When he came over here he tried to become a dentist, but they said, "If you want to become a dentist over here, you must go to school for six years." My father thinks that the time is too long. So my father decided to be a T.V. and radio repairman, because it only takes one year of school. T.V. and radios are also very easy for him, because he learned about them in Vietnam. He is finished with his one year of school, and is now looking for a job.

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