VBP Community Interview Guide

  • Introduction: Interviewer’s Name. Interviewee’s Name. Interview Date. Interview Location.
  • Please share a little about yourself (i.e. your name, place of birth) and how you connect with VBP (i.e. “I am a Vietnamese Boat Person.” “I am a veteran” “I was a volunteer”)
  • Interviewer: Share with the Interviewee’s why you wanted to have this conversation and what it means to you.
  • Were you or your family part of the Vietnamese Boat People exodus after 1975? If so, what do you remember most about that time?
  • How old were you when you (your family) left Vietnam? What do you remember the most about that moment?
  • Are there specific moments or memories during that time that has stuck with you over the years?
  • What was life like for you (or your family) trying to adjust in a new country as a refugee/immigrant? What do you remember the most about that time period?
  • What was your first day in the U.S. like?
  • What was the most surprising thing about the U.S.?
  • Did anyone help you when you first came to this country? Have you helped anyone since you have been here?
  • What do you think your life would be like today if you had not left? What about for your children?
  • How has the refugee experience influenced you as a person today?
  • What do you hope the listeners will take away from your story?
  • Note: Please share any personal project, organization, etc. that you’d like to highlight.
  • Turn the tables: tell the person you’re interviewing what they’ve meant to you.
  • Interviewer: Thank the Interviewee for sharing their story and going on this journey together.