A Long, Hard Road to Freedom

The story of a new American citizen.

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About Petrus Lai Nguyen

Petrus Lai Nguyen became an American citizen in 2000, six years after arriving in the United States. During the Viet Nam war, he served in the army and worked with USAID, then spent nearly 9 years in communist labor camps. He received a special award from USAID in Washington, D.C. in 2008.

About Derlyne Gibson

Derlyne Gibson's publications include children's books, poems, magazine articles, and illustrations. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Dr. Gibson is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the D.A.R., and Missouri Poets & Friends.