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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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.
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.
The story itself is one of struggle and overcoming. I want to finish it, but the narration makes it tough. The poor diction is distracting and a bit monotone. I may turn the audible version back in and get the Kindle version just to be able to finish.
Excellent true life story. Overwhelmingly convicting if God's love for us even when we have neither heard of Him or know of Him.
Thanks to all theses family members for experiencing these trials which would have caused many of us to give up early on in their journey. But because of their passion and determination and for the Lord's hand in their and Stan Moonyham's vision and commitment to the Lord's vision and the conviction of the WV Board, this testimonial is possible.
I was invested in the story from the very first page. I was completely invested in the characters, I felt deeply about them and learned about the boat people's plight from a factual and beautifully written personal level. I thought about these characters everyday until I could read some more. I will always remember this story and have more compassion for the Vietnamese and all of our plights from hearing this tale of human hardship and perseverance.
This was one of my favorites. It's full of horror AND sweetness. Makes me so grateful for what I have & have had in life. A must read for everyone. Wow WORLD VISION is an stupendous organization that's doing incredible acts of kindneds & goodness & courage around the world. Also there was lots of dry humor where i laughed out loud.
A gripping story of going from wealth to abject poverty due to war. A miraculous rescue of 93 boat refugees on the day which was likely their last. Every adult and teen should read this Inspirational story of the eventual success of a family of 10 who stuck together and never gave up.
I read this book first, and then listened to it. I would have liked either the author, or a man with a similar accent to read this more.
But it is such an incredible and beautiful story, it didn't really matter.
I am so grateful the Dr. Chung shared his families story.
While reading this book I had a profound sense that I needed to do something for others. I wasn't very far into the book and this feeling just overwhelmed me. Because of this I'm going to get involved with an organization that helps settle refugees in the United States. I don't know if this is going to be enough for me to do. But it's a start....we'll see where this leads me!
This story was very good but it was difficult to listen to the narration. There was something about the narrator's voice that was really boring to me.
A beautiful story about escaping death and finding refuge. Essential for anyone seeking to understand a refugee's journey. Very timely given the situation with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Mediterranean.
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