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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Tung Nguyen Beat Deportation, Helps Others Resist Trump's War on Vietnamese Refugees

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

A hip-hop concert inside San Quentin State Prison came to a harrowing halt one morning in 2006, with bass-rattling beats replaced by the sounds of a blaring alarm. Tung Nguyen, an inmate serving a life sentence after a first-degree-murder conviction for a Garden Grove slaying, knew a riot had erupted before prison guards ordered everyone to get on the ground. He saw a rumble in the crowd, one that transformed moments later into visible punches flying between black and Mexican inmates.

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