by Nghiep Dao
As nightfall descended on Saigon, Vietnam, the Dao family joined the masses huddled on the floor of a military cargo plane for an immediate evacuation. The year was 1975. The Vietnam War was coming to a
bitter end, and just about everybody was desperate to get out of the country.
Nearly two months and two refugee camps later, the Dao family finally arrived in Coffeyville, Kansas where they put down roots for a new life in the
Heartland of America. From that day on, the
discoveries were many as were the triumphs and
From sampling the breakfast staple of cereal and milk to learning the English language to surviving the rancor of war-induced, family strife, Home Away From Home is a hobbling walk down the memory lane of a life that has languished yet thrived in America.