Where The Wind Leads

Where The Wind Leads

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Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary "boat people" and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas. Where the Wind Leads follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks on a lawless sea, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There Vinh struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier, yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School.
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ISBN: 9780849922954
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Jun 27, 2017

A true story about Vinh Chung and his family, who fled Vietnam when he was three years old. The book recounts their harrowing experience as refugees, escaping on a boat, and ultimately settling in the US. They struggled and strove to build a new life in an unfamiliar country with a different culture and language. An engrossing story about survival and overcoming adversity.

Dec 24, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. I don't think it should be classified as an immigrant story or a Christian story. It is a first hand account of how a family struggles for survival and identity. The family members are well developed and real. It reads like a novel although it is a true story of a family without their homeland.

Apr 28, 2016

This is Vinh's true story of being one of the "Boat People" who escaped Vietnam and were rescued by a US boat, sponsored and housed in America. You understand why they had to leave Vietnam and how they were lucky enough to start again. They work very hard in their new country to make something of themselves.


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