Van’s family was no stranger to conflict, migration, and family separation. Following the fall of Saigon, he, his sisters, and mother fled Vietnam. They were supposed to leave with the rest of the family, but in the chaos consuming the days after the fall, there was no time to question, only run. Van and his family eventually made it onto a rickety boat where the fear of capsizing was constant until they were rescued at sea and brought to the United States as refugees.
While they worked hard to adjust to their new life in the US, the rest of their family was never far from mind. Van constantly worried about his older brother and father, both who had close ties with the South Vietnamese government. The family turned to the Red Cross in the hopes that they would be able to locate their missing loved ones. Days turned to weeks, which turned to months. Then one day they received a call - the Red Cross found Van’s brother.Read More