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Cyndi Nguyen Finds Her Way: An Oral History

Cyndi Nguyen seated (front row, center) with members of the New Orleans City Council as it existed in 2018.
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Cyndi Nguyen seated (front row, center) with members of the New Orleans City Council as it existed in 2018.

Former New Orleans city council member Cyndi Nguyen was a child when she and her family arrived in New Orleans East as refugees from Vietnam. As a restless teenager, Nguyen struggled to find her purpose. In this edition of the Historic New Orleans Collection’s oral history series, NOLA Life Stories, Nguyen reflects on how she ultimately formed her unique American identity.

Joe Shriner is an independent radio producer and audio engineer in New Orleans.
Mark Cave is an oral historian and senior curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection.