I happened to find a photo from the Denver Post Archives of three smiling Vietnamese refugees at work at the Aspen Meadows kitchen: Si Quoc Ngo, Vinh Cam Hua, and Cung Lien Me.
In 1978 my mother, Ann Amabile, decided to help with the refugee crisis created by the war in Vietnam. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, 130,000 Vietnamese fled their homeland by boat or foot and landed in American refugee camps. They were stranded there until sponsors helped them relocate to communities across America. My mother sent my sisters Jean, who lived in California, and Nina, who spoke French, to Camp Pendleton, a processing center in California, to interview people for relocation… Read the full newsletter