Saturday, November 15, 2014
Here is an update on a previous Immigrant of the Day, Kiki Vo, Vietnam. In 2010, the ImmigrationProf blog featured Kiki as the Immigrant of the Day. We reported that she had endured incredible hardships and remained in pursuit of nothing less than the American Dream. At the time, Kiki was finishing in Sacramento, had been accepted to the University of California, Berkeley, and had honored by local organizations for her volunteer work. Kiki also had been badly burned in a house fire that killed her mother and scarred two of her sisters nine years ago in Vietnam. A nonprofit organization paid for her father, Chu Vo, to take three of his daughters to a Shriners hospital in Boston. Chu and three of his daughters moved to Sacramento in 2004 to be seen at Shriners Hospitals for Children. Kiki and her two sisters underwent more than 60 surgeries, which Shriners hospital provided at no cost. Chu, who worked long hours doing odd jobs, stressed to his daughters the need to focus on their education. He tucked away as much money as he could so he could send the girls to college. Then Chu Vo got sick and died.
Out of the blue, I received this e-mail the other day:
Hello Mr Johnson,