Daughter of Vietnamese refugees leads state panel on Afghan aid

Rep. Khan Pham knows what it's like to be a refugee. Now she is co-chairing an effort to pave the way for Afghan refugees coming to Oregon in 2022.

For state Rep. Khanh Pham, her family's own history is reflected in her co-leadership of a task force that proposed $18 million for resettlement of up to 1,200 refugees from Afghanistan to Oregon.

Pham, a Democrat from the Jade District of Portland, was born to parents who fled Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) when North Vietnam took over U.S.-backed South Vietnam. Many refugees were sent to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, but ended up in nearby Oklahoma, where Pham was born in 1978.