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Through a series of miraculous events, a Chinese family, living in Vietnam, joins the ranks of "boat people" and overcomes oppressive struggles to raise its children in the foreign culture of America. At three years of age Vinh Chung and his family of 10 fled communist oppression in Vietnam. As legendary "boat people" they were attacked twice by Thai pirates and left for dead, adrift on the South China Sea. A World Vision mercy ship stumbled across them and rescued them, eventually relocating them to the tough frontier town of Fort Smith, Arkansas, where they faced poverty, ethnic discrimination, and an almost insurmountable language barrier. The Chung family's inspirational story, as told by Vinh Chung, offers fascinating insights into Asian traditions as it gives the account of three remarkable women who shaped the lives of Vinh and his father. From one dream and a series of providential encounters, to a life of perseverance, sacrifice, and a new faith in God, Vinh excelled and eventually graduated from Harvard Medical School. He and his siblings hold five master's degrees and five doctorates. This is Vinh's family's extraordinary journey.
©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson
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By Sally Bruggeman on 12-17-16

My favorite book of all time!

This inspiring and remarkable story has so much to offer: wisdom, perspective, inspiration and wonder. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed. We listened to this story on the way to school every day, and my teenagers learned so much about their lives and the lives of refugees. I highly recommend this book to any parents who want their kids to grow up with an understanding of what it's like to be a refugee, and what it truly means to be an American.

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By GW73 on 10-15-17

Love love love!!!!!!!!

Everyone needs to read this book!!!!! It is a must read! If you were at least a teenager in the 70's you remember the boat people but the story behind the headlines is so much more. The message at the end is SO IMPORTANT!

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