Southeast Asia Globe: "The Deportees Caught in Trump’s Immigration War"
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Chuh A bears the burdens of Vietnam’s history. He is 33, well-built and tattooed, and smiles easily – despite his circumstances. Sitting in a coffee shop near Ho Chi Minh City Hall, he described the jarring transition of his forced relocation from North Carolina to Vietnam, a country whose current regime his Vietnamese father once fought against and eventually fled. Over 14,000km and a communist border now separate Chuh from his family, including his fiancée – he optimistically calls her his wife – and their four daughters.
Sixteen months of separation have taken a toll.