The LA Times, August 15th issue, ran a story about a Vietnamese fisherman in New Orleans. He has faced enough trial and tribulation a man can afford in one life time: boat people, legal immigrant life, Katrina, and now Gulf oil disaster.
Captain Nguyen is no ordinary captain. His boat has seen no Treasure Island.
And he wears no eye patch. From the accompanied photo, I can tell he is a chain smoker whose worry is to take care of his clan. God and country kind of guy.
Twice displaced hence not qualified for any kind of formal assistance.
“Keep filing out forms” they told him (from the BP make-shift town hall meetings).
I saw one of those make-shift operations during Katrina. Vietnamese “villagers” in New Orleans fled to Hong Kong mall in Houston to seek temporary shelters. We took care of our own type…
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