By Jessica Lee
Born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam, she came to the United States all by herself when she was only 17 years old. With no extra money and knowing no Vietnamese people in the States, she learned to speak English and graduated from Nathan Hale High School only two years after arriving.
She lived with an adoptive family. Her parents and 10 siblings were still in Saigon. What was she supposed to do? Leave them there during the midst of the Vietnam War?
She decided that it would be cowardly if she didn’t try to find success in the United States and bring her family over to America for their safety.
She attended Seattle Central Community College and majored in biochemistry, which, for her, was the easiest thing to learn. She had to drop out after only two years due to lack of money. Her adoptive family had left her to fight the world by herself. The only money she made was through working at a grocery store in Chinatown.
By then, she had lost all hope. She thought that, with no education, she would never be able to get a job to save enough money to bring her family over. Read the full story