FOB, forced off the boat


3fives (555)

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.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0731-viet-fisherman-01.jpg-20100816,0,4824071.photo

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…

View original post 267 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s