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Refugees honor man who helped them start over

Original post made on Aug 18, 2013

After the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, many Vietnamese fled the country for the United States, seeking reprieve from the oppressive rule of a communist regime.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, August 18, 2013, 9:03 AM

Comments

Posted by Stacy, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

Great story!!!


Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

"Giang characterized Smith as a man so humble that she's surprised he agreed to an interview for this article."

From this article quote, it would seem that Vietnamese culture and values rubbed off on Mr. Smith... Or maybe that was his nature originally, which would certainly endear him to the Vietnamese.

Either way Thank You Mr. Smith. You are one of very few who has done something useful to mitigate the deliberate loss of the Vietnam war.


Posted by THANX, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thank you, Mr Smith....we owe the Ietna see big time, and you have helped with that karmic debt. Thank you also because the Vietnamese have been a wonderful addition to this country!


Posted by Penny, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

When I was young I was very lucky to have an elderly German Jewish refugee piano teacher. He was a grandfatherly friend, a lively musical performer, and a wonderful teacher with an engaging sense of humor. One day after my lesson I spent some time talking with him. In Europe he'd been a well-to-do lawyer. He fled Germany and left an amazing life behind to save his family and build a simpler life here. He couldn't practice law here, but with support he learned English and was able to put his musical gifts to use to support his family in his new country. I was so very fortunate to know him and learn from him.

Volunteers like Mr. Smith make it possible for immigrants to build a new life and find a way to share their gifts with all of us.

Blessings on you, Mr. Smith, and all the folks like you who help the newcomers to our country.