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Real name is YAM LEN AKA CHE LINH. Born 1946 village Huu Duc, District An Phuoc, Province Ninh Thuan (Phan Rang).

In 1958, when Che Linh was 16 years old, an event had changed the life of this young man from Champa. The President Ngo Dinh Diem had forbidden teaching Cham language in the Cham villages, a prestige language considered as a second language since the Bao Dai’s era.

This discrimination toward the minority group created a lot of conflicts , confrontations, fights between the Champa and the Kinh inhabitants. When the Champa citizens came to town, they were stopped and being prosecuted heavily. Che Linh has been injured on several incidents however. The Vietnamese Government ignored these incidences and was not a bit concerned about it.

Che Linh moving to Saigon was considered his first escape. Traveling to an unknown and unfamiliar place, with no relatives and no friends to turn to. Disgust with the presidential ruling of President Ngo Dinh Diem, and a lot of patriotism for his people.

Fortunately, Che Linh found a small job with a respected employer. After nine months , Che Linh decided to go back to school. He attend Bo De and later to Nguyen Cong Tru.

1960-1961: First time entering the musical industry.

Biet Chinh Bien Hoa Musical Group was selecting new singers to entertain the far-away village in the province of Bien Hoa.

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