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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: W Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
The first-hand account of a Vietnamese refugee who now lives the American dream.
Where the Wind Leads is the remarkable account of Vinh Chung and his refugee familys daring escape from communist oppression for the chance of a better life in America. Its a story of personal sacrifice, redemption, endurance against almost insurmountable odds, and what it truly means to be American.
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 barrieryet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Where the Wind Leads is Vinhs tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his familys faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.
Vinh Chung graduated Harvard magna cum laude with a BA in biology and attended Harvard Medical School for his MD. Dr. Chung also studied at the University of Sydney as a Fulbright Scholar and completed a masters of pharmaceutical sciences. He completed his dermatology residency at Emory University, where he served as chief resident. He currently serves on World Vision's National Leadership Council. Dr. Chung and his wife Leisle have three children and run a successful private practice.
Tim Downs is the author of nine novels including the Christy Award-winning PlagueMaker and the highly acclaimed series of Bug Man novels. Tim lives in North Carolina with his wife Joy. They have three grown children.