A shining star guided a fishing boat with Vietnamese refugees to safety, and ultimately led to a new dream

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In1988, a shining star guided a fishing boat with Vietnamese refugees to safety, and ultimately led to a new dream.

Phuoc Nguyen and his family was one of several families who survived a dangerous escape attempt from Vietnam on a fishing boat. Phuoc was only 13 at the time when he fled Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, with his single mother and five siblings. Prior to boarding the fishing boat, children were not told the purpose of the trip and how it would change their lives forever. Along the way, the children learned the purpose of their journey. Hearing conversations of other refugees not surviving their escape and encountering pirates, the reality of the situation set in.

After several days of navigating through Vietnamese government patrolled water, Phuoc’s ship had lost its way. It was at that point the captain decided to “take a chance on following a bright shining star,” said Phuoc.

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Vietnamese Cooking Segment

In this clip, we forget to add our Rice-stick noodles into the spring roll! So don’t do what we did, remember to put the noodles in as well!

Also, we made the meal to serve 10 people and a little more on the bland side. You can add onions and garlic, or even more fish sauce for a desired taste. Enjoy!

Learn more about Phong’s Story and how she and her family escaped on a boat, survived pirates, and lived through a refugee camp to get here to America at the end of the war in Vietnam. Click here