Monday, June 22, 2020

American Dreamer: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America by Tim Tran

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Book Details:

Book Title:  American Dreamer: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam
and Built a Successful Life in America by Tim Tran (Tran Manh Khiem)
with Tom Fields-Meyer

Category:  Non-Fiction (18 +),  390 pages

Genre:  Memoir

Publisher:  Pacific University Press

Release date:   June 2020

Content Rating:  PG + M: The book contains some bad language and recounts episodes of murder, rape, and suicide.

“My goal in life is to make a humble contribution to
the society that accepted and helped me when I was a person without a
country.” — Tim Tran

Book Description:

"American Dreamer" is an inspirational, first-hand account of the
motivating power of an immigrant’s dream for a better life. From the
rural Vietnam of Tim Tran’s childhood to his eventual escape to America
and his rise as CFO of a multi-billion-dollar company, Tran’s memoir is a
lesson in perseverance and ingenuity. After he initially left Vietnam
in 1970 to attend American universities on a USAID scholarship, Tran’s
sense of commitment led him home shortly before the fall of Saigon in
1975. Suspected of being a CIA agent, he found life under Communism
increasingly difficult and dangerous, and was forced to flee. During
multiple attempts to escape, he encountered deceit, betrayal, and even
murder. Finally, in 1979 Tran and his wife, Cathy, escaped with 350
others in a rickety, overcrowded boat, and faced pirate attacks and
months in a Malaysian refugee camp before reaching their new home in
Oregon. "American Dreamer," written with passion, unflinching candor,
and wit, is an extraordinary debut that confirms the American dream is
alive and gives hope to anyone willing to work for a better life. 

Release Date: Jun 20, 2020



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 Meet the Author:

In 1970, Tim (Khiem) and Cathy (Thuy) Tran were top international
students from South Vietnam who were awarded scholarships to study in
the United States. They studied for two years at Pacific University in
Oregon, after which Tim pursued his undergraduate degree at the
University of California, Berkeley, and Cathy finished her degree at the
University of Oregon. Per the conditions of their scholarships, the two
returned to South Vietnam in 1974. When Saigon was overrun by communist
forces in 1975, the family endured great hardships. In 1979, Tim and
Cathy managed to escape via boat. After a harrowing, life-threating
voyage they were placed in a refugee camp in Malaysia.

Eventually the Trans were able to immigrate to the United States and
became naturalized citizens in 1986. Tim went on to become the Chief
Financial Officer of Johnstone Supply, and Cathy worked for U.S. Bank,
then Standard Insurance, and became an accounting manager. In 2017, the
Trans established a Library Endowment Fund at Pacific University. In
honor of their gift, the library building on the Pacific University
Forest Grove campus was dedicated as the Tim and Cathy Tran Library.

Connect with the author:    website

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