Book Review: Where the Wind Leads

Vihn Chung
Where the Wind Leads
By Vihn Chung and Tim Downs

My name is Vihn Chung. This is a story that spans two continents ten decades and eleven thousand miles. When I was three and a half years old my family was forced to flee Vietnam in June 1979 to a place we had never heard of somewhere in the heartland of America. Several weeks later my family lay half-dead from dehydration in a derelict fishing boat jammed with ninety three refugees lost in the middle of the South China Sea. We arrived in the United States with nothing but the clothes on our backs and unable to speak a single word of English. Today my family holds twenty one university degrees. How we got from there to here is quite a story. 

Vihn 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 their children would have no future under the new government the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979 they joined the legendary "boat people" and sailed into the South Chinea sea despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas. When the wind Leads 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 unlike town of Fort Smith Arkansas. There Vihn struggled against poverty discrimation and a bewildering language parried yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Where the Wind Leads is Vinh's tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents a testimony to his family's faith and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream while still possible carries with it a greater responsibility. 

Vihn Chung graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and attended Harvared Medical School for his MD. Dr. Chung studied at the University of Sydney as a Fulbright Scholar and completed a master of pharmaceutical sciences. He also holds a masters of theology from the University of Edinburg. Dr. Chung currently serves on the board for World Vision US. He and his wife Leisle have three children and are expecting a fourth. The run a successful private medical practice in Colorado Springs.

TIm Downs is the author of nine novels including the Christy Award winning PlagueMAker and the highly acclaimed series of Bug Man novels. Tim lives in North Carolina with his wife Joy. They have three grown children. 

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