Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

Page 386 of 424

 

Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX) online yearbook collection, 1982 Edition, Page 386
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Castle, Bart Cates, Carl Cawyer, James Chamberland, Laurie Chandler, Jamison Chappelle, Louise Chastain, Brian Chen, Johnson Cherry, Richard Chester, Nancy Chism, .lo Chisum, Cynthia Chung, Kyu-Bong Clary, Donald Coleman, Christie Collier, Sharon 382 f Seniors Flight from Vietnam leads to ACU Many miles and many customs separate South Vietnam and West Texas. But Kim-Cuong Thi Bui made the journey between the two. Kim, a senior accounting major, fled South Vietnam with her family the day the Communists captured Saigon in 1975. They lived in refugee camps in the Philippines, Guam and Pennsylvania while awaiting a U.S. sponsor who would be responsible for them until they found a home and jobs. One day during their three-month wait in Pennsylvania Kim stepped off a bus and saw a former neighbor from Saigon, Ca Cong Nguyen. Ca, a pilot for the South Vietnamese, had flown to an American base in Thailand the day of the Communist takeover. Three months later he moved to the Pennsylvania refugee camp where he was reunited with the Buis. Ca and the Buis moved to Sweetwater under the sponsorship of US. Rep. Charles Stenholm and the Lutheran Church. But after 10 months the Viet- namese group moved to Abilene so Kim and her sisters could live at home while attending college. About three years later, Kim married her former neighbor. Kim said her father intended for his four children to receive a university education. "My father believes getting education and good jobs is a way we can show appreciation to America for helping us through a difficult begin- ning,', she said. Kim said she adjusted well to life in America but often missed the homeland she left when she was 15. Vietnamese culture still was important to Kim's family, and they often prepared Vietnamese foods and observed Viet- namese holidays and customs. One custom that Kim and Ca did not observe concerned the use of last names - in Vietnam a wife did not take her husband's family name. However, Kim said she often used Ca's last name to avoid confusion, "even though I don't think itis fair that I should have to give up my name." But she did not give up her first name, nor forget its meaning, "diamond" And after learning of the hardships and dangers that polished and shaped Kimls life, "diamond" seemed appropriate. - Kelly Deatherage

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