This is the story that spans two continents, ten decades, and eleven thousand miles. A poignant story about a refugee family’s courageous escape from communist oppression in Vietnam, through the desperate journey in the vast ocean attacked by the pirates and experienced the turmoil of nature, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in America – where they struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier – yet the children of this family still managed to earn professional degrees. In fact, this book is written by one member of the family, Dr. Vinh Chung graduated Harvard College magna cum laude and attended Harvard Medical School for his MD.
Very astonishing – you can’t believe how this family able to pulled up. I don’t know if they are destined to be where they are right now and confusing if their struggles are part of God’s plan, but definitely the divine providence guided them throughout their journey. Indeed it’s a miraculous one.
Besides the Chung’s story you will learn from this book some cultures and history of Asia. I am a Filipina working abroad, thus I can easily relate to this book for we share similar culture and also experiencing discrimination is common to us working and/or migrated abroad.
It’s very interesting to follow their story through every chapter which is easy to read because it is concise but very well written. I believe it is a remarkable story that deserves an attention from movie producer.
The only thing that made me think that the author is biased is in the chapters (chapters 40 to 44) where he concentrated the story about himself. I believe his other siblings has great story to share too. Looking at the subtitle “A refugee family’s miraculous story of loss, rescue and redemption”, the book is all about his family. Thus, I find those chapters inappropriate. Nevertheless, overall I highly recommend this book and give this a rate of 5 out of 5.
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My father was driving his old rotten big bike for more than a decade. He bought it as a remembrance from separation pay he got from the company he worked. It was a nice motorcycle the only problem is that it is not locally sold, thus parts are hard to find. Another thing it is very heavy, with his age he should use scooters, XRM, or motorcycle alike.
Last December we decided to surprise him since it was his birthday. We went to Honda store and let him choose the best motor for somebody, only he did know later that it was for him. Of course he was elated.
We chose Honda XRM because we believe its quality; the weight and height is just perfect for him. Plus we can easily find honda motorcycle parts in the local market.