In the spring of 1979, as desperate refugees fled persecution and chaos in Southeast Asia, Canada's capital city and its Mayor Marion Dewar bravely stepped up to the plate in an effort to resettle thousands of those displaced by conflict. Project 4000, as it came to be know, marked the beginning of large scale resettlement programs in Canada.
Listen as Brian Buckley, author of "The Gift of Freedom", describes a "luminous summer in Ottawa".
So when I arrived it was the 18th of January. About a week later that year it was Lunar New Year, and we had the customary celebrations. I was invited to perform, to sing. I wore a red traditional “ao dai” and sang the song “Xuan mien Nam.” That New Year, the Vietnamese Students [Youth] Association also danced with me.