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Title: Phong Xuan Nguyen
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Texas Tech University. Vietnam Archive
Collection: Vietnam Archive Oral History Project
Description: (RVN) Phong Xuan Nguyen, originally from the village of Bac Tri in southern Vietnam, served in a variety of posts in the government of the Republic of Vietnam. Born in 1936, Phong was educated at the Lycee Chasseloup Laubat in Saigon, the Lycee Michelet in Paris, the University of London, and Oxford University. Upon graduation from Oxford in 1960, he returned to Saigon to work for Esso, an affiliate of Standard Oil New Jersey, as an executive in charge of industrial relations. He joined the South Vietnamese government in 1965, at age 29, as Minister of Labor (1965-66). He subsequently served as Minister (Chief of Staff) at the Prime Minister's Office (1966), as Minister of Welfare (1966-68), and as the first Chieu Hoi Minister (1967-68). In 1968, he was named Deputy Leader of the RVN's delegation to the Paris Peace Talks. He later became Minister-in-State in Charge of Negotiations in Paris and then Head of the RVN at the Conference between the Two South Vietnamese Parties at Celle Saint Cloud. Phong returned to Saigon in April of 1975. After the fall of the RVN to the North Vietnamese, he was sent for "reeducation" in May 1975. He spent nearly five years in prison outside of Hanoi in Camp A15 before being released in January 1980. Afterwards, he worked in Ho Chi Minh City as a private businessman. Ambassador Phong is now Senior Researcher and Associate Director of The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. OH0250 - part of the The Phong Xuan Nguyen Collection
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Nguyen, Phong Xuan
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Vietnam; Asia
Speaker race: Asian
Speaker occupation: Ambassador; Government official
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Asia; North America; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Military camps--Vietnam; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Military history; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025397-27242