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Leaving to find a new home and returning to find a lost heartBittersweet Journey Home and About the Family are two articles written by Tu-Anh Nguyen The articles describe her trip leaving Vietnam and coming back to visit Vietnam The article Bittersweet Journey Home is about Tu-Anh Nguyens trip back to Vietnam with her family and the article About the Family is about her trip to the United States After reading the article Bittersweet Journey Home it made me realize how Tu-Anhs journey is so identical to my parents journey Like Tu-Anhs family my family also escaped to the United States My parents my older brother my grandparents and some relatives all left Cambodia in 1978 They walked through and lived in the jungle with little food and some personal belongings until they got to Thailand My mother said that they had to sleep on grounds filled with insects and snakes She had to take turns carrying her oldest son at the age of almost two with my father When they got to Thailand just like Tu-Anhs family they were luckily able to go to the Philippines where there was a refugee camp My mother was pregnant with me when she was in the Philippines A month after I was born our family was sponsored by an American couple and their church in San Diego When we were on the plane my mother grandmother and I took a picture Looking at the picture now I noticed how excited and happy they were I was just a little infant in my mothers arms We lived with our sponsors until my father had found a steady job Similar to Tu-Anhs family we came to the United States with nothing After two years my parents had another baby which is my younger brother They saved enough money to rent a donut shop and started a career Today my parents are now in the Jewelry business My younger
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