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 ten 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.
- One of the best books I have read
Incredible true story. The level of honesty of the author is just outstanding. With the both miraculous and normal parts of the story, the author makes points and jokes that are unforced and blend right in with the story. His humor made me laugh out loud while listening.
The reader is wonderful. He does not force any emotion but allows himself to be carried by the spirit of the book in a genuine way. He has a special expression that he puts on the end of some sentences either going high or low, that is natural, and that I came to love.
- God at work in everything
so thought provoking and inspiring to see how God is always at work in the midst of our situation, even the adverse things. Sometimes we may only see it years down the road, sometimes not at all, but He is at work for His glory!
This story was phenomenal and almost hard to believe it really happened. Not coincidence. God.