Where the Wind Leads

Where the Wind Leads

A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption

eBook - 2014
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Thomas Nelson
Where the Wind Leads is the remarkable account of Vinh Chung and his refugee family’s daring escape from communist oppression for the chance of a better life in America. It’s a story of personal sacrifice, redemption, endurance against almost insurmountable odds, and what it truly means to be American.

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 family’s daring escape from communist oppression for the chance of a better life in America. It’s 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 barrier—yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Where the Wind Leads is Vinh’s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his family’s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.

 



Baker & Taylor
Offers the author's account of his Chinese family's flight from oppression in Vietnam, their harrowing experiences as boat people, their subsequent rescue, and the difficulties they faced after being relocated to Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780849922954
084992295X
0849947561
9780849947568
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Downs, Tim

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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.

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patsyksmith
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.

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Kate50_1
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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