L.A Times | April 19, 2018 | RICHARD CHANG
Long Nguyen fled South Vietnam on April 30, 1975, two hours after the Communists took over. He left by boat with a handful of possessions alongside his brother, two uncles and an aunt. He didn’t reunite with his mother until 10 years later, and not with his father until five years after that.
But in the United States, Nguyen became a successful artist and actor. He has appeared in a number of movies and recently had a recurring TV role in “NCIS: Los Angeles.” His artwork is in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art, and he has taught classes at art school. He’s now raising his own family in Huntington Beach.
Nguyen, 59, is one of dozens of Vietnamese immigrants and Vietnamese Americans whose stories and art are featured in “Viet Stories: Recollections & Regenerations.” The visual art, history and oral history exhibition is on view at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda through May 28.
“As an artist, it’s my chance to share the story,” said Nguyen, who has a painting and a sculpture in the exhibit. “I have two kids, 15 and 13. I’m glad they have a chance to see the story of how 2 million Vietnamese came to America, because they only know us (their parents). Now they know the story of a big group of people, and millions of Vietnamese worldwide.”