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Sarah Pham


  • caption: Eight-year-old Diem Pham holds her 1-year-old cousin Kim Pham at a refugee camp in Malaysia in May 1980.

    A poem for my mother, a Vietnam boat refugee

    At just 8 years old, my mom, Diem Pham, became a refugee of the Vietnam War. Her parents put her on a small boat, where she spent 10 days at sea and six months at a refugee camp in Malaysia. Decades later, I interviewed her about that experience, and wove her answers into a spoken-word poem.