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.
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My favorite book of all time!
- Sally Bruggeman
Family together always means home.
Have not read print version.
The strong core values of the author.
When the author described his love for his wife. It gave you even a greater insight into the pure love he shared. He was no longer impersonal as he applied the strong work ethic learned from family and it's survival.
The book was very insightful of the hardships immigrants go through to get to this country. The extraordinary amount of work and concentration on a clear goal the hero of the book demands of himself subsequently is a reward to the community in which he works and the family that he loves. The hero should be oh so proud of himself.