‘Unfold’ Podcast, Episode 6: ‘Linking Wartime Trauma to Dementia in Vietnamese American Communities’

Vietnamese refugees shown in small boat boarding a military ship, the USS BLUE RIDGE (LLC-19).
Vietnamese refugees in 1982 prepare to come aboard the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19). The refugees were rescued by the amphibious command ship 350 miles northeast of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, after eight days at sea in a 35-foot fishing boat. (James Franzen, USN, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Unfold, a UC Davis podcast, launches its final episode of Season 4 today with an in-depth look at research that explores whether Vietnamese refugees who experienced trauma during the war or its aftermath are more at risk of developing dementia in older age.

Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, more than 1.2 million Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants have resettled in the U.S. Many of them experienced significant trauma. Now, Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. are at ages where they’re beginning to develop dementia. But like other underrepresented groups in the U.S., they also face barriers to seeking treatment for trauma and dementia. In this episode of Unfold, we talk to a UC Davis researcher embarking on the first long-term study examining early life contributors to dementia in Vietnamese American communities.

In this episode:

  • Oanh Meyer, social psychologist at Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UC Davis Health
  • Duy Nguyen, former child refugee from Vietnam, recent graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine and psychiatry resident at UCSF Fresno

The award-winning podcast is available free, on demand on Apple, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, on your smart speaker or wherever you get your podcasts. Original music for Unfold comes from UC Davis alumnus Damien Verrett and Curtis Jerome Haynes. Follow on Twitter at @Unfoldpodcast.

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