Immigrated to United States
My dad, a lawyer, served in the South Vietnam Army. As the communist in the North united the country by force in 1975, they put my father in a hard labor reeducation camp for 7 years. Later, at the fall of the communism in the Eastern Europe in 1990, the U.S. government allowed these people with their families immigrating to the United States. The South Vietnam won the lottery! Under the communist regime, those families were in hardship. Their children couldn't be allowed to have a higher education (college). I had this excuse to get out country by boat in the summer 1985, but I stayed in Saigon since then. The college bar was lifted in 1989 at the Germany's unification. And until 1994, the U.S. established the normal relationship with Hanoi and lifted the embargo in economy.

In America, we strived for many successes:
         An updated note: in May 2002, Ngan-Ha graduated Magna Cum Laude in Doctor of   
         Pharmacy from Mercer University (Atlanta, Georgia). She now works for Kroger's    
         pharmacy. She was promoted to pharmacy manager in one year. She got married   
         last October in Montreal, Canada. Her husband, Thanh-De, is a dentist-orthodontist and            also an instructor at University of Montreal. 

As of May 1998, we achieved the American Dreams in 6 years. It is an extraordinary success story of a new IMMIGRANT family. As recalled on this event, I was surprised that our story was not recognized on any of our schools' publications or our local newspaper. Three years earlier, our Vietnamese fellow, Mr. Hoang Nguyen, a South Vietnamese Army Officer was featured widely on our school's publications as well as on our local newspaper- The Tennessean, for his outstanding achievement in completing both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemistry for four years.
Souvenir for Dad (pictured in 1978)
Ngan-Ha's Wedding
(Canada, Oct. '03)
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