I learned later that during the day, a crowd gathered outside of the main gate to protest the arrival of refugees from Vietnam. They carried "Go Home" signs, and some threw stones at the buses. But for every bad memory, we will never forget the many kind strangers who helped us get through our first days in our new home and country."
Son Michael continues: "We worked hard earning our rights to become Americans. We gave back to America and helped others. Now, many of us Vietnamese Americans are working to help Afghan refugees on ther first days here in America. Watching the images of people fleeing Kabul (and now UKRAINE), I am working so that this time things will end better than the Vietnam experience ... and I hope the many incoming refugees will be given the same opportunities we were given."
Son Michael Pham had a long career in Hospitality. In 2001 he founded Kids Without Borders, and is currently Principal at U.S - Asia Gateway, an International Business Developement firm. He has been a Club President, a Rotary Assistant Governor, and now has been Rotary District Foundation Stewardship Chair since July 2016.