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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“boat peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â 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.Ã‚Â
Where the Wind LeadsÃ‚Â 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 barrierÃ¢â‚¬â€yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School.Ã‚Â Where the Wind LeadsÃ‚Â is VinhÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.