Earlier this year I had the chance to spend the day with some orphaned kids at the beach and the movies. It was a day filled with fun and laughter and one that I will never forget from my extended stay here in Vietnam. On this final week before I head home to Seattle, I wanted to circle back to visit the kids one more time at their place of residence. This time I brought my son, Lucas, and my mother with me and some small fun gifts. I wanted to share this brief moment of love and joy with son and my mom. We are very lucky indeed to have each other as a family and even though the kids at this facility might not have their biological parents around, they had each other to lean on as a family/community. Of all the individuals and people that I have met and the things I have experienced in Vietnam this year, these kids and the staff here exemplify all three values of courage, curiosity and community.
Miki is a writer, story teller and product designer. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of positivity and courage. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family, Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com