Press Play to start audio

Return To Vietnam [3.13.2007]

Mai Mclean had just turned 17 when she married an American soldier she met while working at an air base near her village in Vietnam.  He was the first person who ever showed her any kindness. Mai left her village with her new husband. But leaving her mother was particularly wrenching. Mai faithfully sent money to her family in Vietnam every month until her husband abandoned her and she had to work 3 jobs to support her children. In February 2007, and for the first time in 40 years, Mai Mclean returned to her village in Vietnam to reconnect with the family and country she left behind.

In this Show

Daily Story Update

Get daily updates and special announcements about The Story.

Produced by

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio 91.5 logo