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  • My Vietnamese dad was born in the year 1965, in the city of Saigon, which at the time was the capital of Southern Vietnam.
  • It's a city iconic for its busy streets filled with never-ending sea of motorbikes and for it's various street foods such as pho and ice coffee.
  • My dad grew up in a Budhist household with his mom, dad and his three old brothers. Although his family weren't exactly the richest, they still managed to get by with his dad working as a fisherman which was quite a common job due to Vietnam's abundance of bodies of water.
  • My dad's fondest memories from his child were roaming the blistering hot streets of Saigon acting out action scenes from Bruce Lee movies with his brothers and celebrating Lunar New Year with his family.
  • My dad's life slowly started to change in 1975 when North Vietnam had defeated Southern Vietnam in Vietnam and unified them into one country, With Southern Vietnam under Northern Vietnam's communist control, unfair socialist rules were put into place which economically hurt my dad's family rather than benefit them.
  • A specific incident that fueled my dad's desire to leave Vietnam was when the communist government stole money from his mom's bank account which justified by the government as a socialist policy.
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