Forty years ago, the U.S. concluded involvement in a war we have tried to forget.
As a direct result of Vietnam, the U.S. has taken in the largest immigrant group ever. Hardly known to the American public in 1975, Vietnamese today are the fastest growing and one of the most successful of all immigrant populations. April marked the end of that war and the first wave and include people like
Frank Jao, father of Orange County California's “Little Saigon,” and U.S. Army Brigadier General Viet Xuan Luon. They all have incredible stories to tell – stories of survival, hope, aspirations, and dreams amid a turmoil most of us can hardly comprehend. Vietnam is the most written-about war in American history – from the American or Caucasian perspective. The Vietnamese-American story, however, has yet to be told. We begin it this issue with a contribution from David Pham, not about him but his mother, who as a ten-year-old turned misery into a triumph of the spirit. If you or someone in your family has a story to tell, especially an uplifting one, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.