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About Connie Chung:
On October 10, 2013, newscaster Connie Chung shared her family’s immigration story as part of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians’ Realizing the American Dream event.
A powerful force in the news industry for more than 35 years, Ms. Chung was the first Asian American and only the second woman to serve as nightly news anchor on a major TV network (The CBS Evening News).
My mother was a child during the Vietnam War and grew up in the aftermath. She was 20 when she decided to leave, a bold move for an unmarried woman.
Her journey to the US took her through Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines and took more than 5 years, most of which was spent in refugee camps.
During that time, she got married and had my older sister in a refugee camp in Thailand. In December of 1988, she made it to her final destination, Philadelphia.
She has never regretted coming to the US, considering making it through the difficult journey among her greatest accomplishments, rivaling sending 4 kids to college and becoming a homeowner.
For my mother, her American dream was realized when she earned enough money to support her aging parents back in Vietnam.