Dong Nguyen, my family's famous "Hainan Chicken Rice" restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I grew up and worked when I was only eight years old. In the photo below were my parents who established this Dong Nguyen restaurant in this very location more than 60 years ago. When my father passed away in 1965, it was my mother who raised us and built Dong Nguyen into a well-known and very profitable restaurant business in the area. For many years in 1970s and 1980s, my family's Dong Nguyen restaurant provided for the livelihood of all my married elder sisters, their husbands and children, and even some of their husbands' parents and siblings. Anyone who is old enough and lives in the area knows that Dong Nguyen was established by the Ngo family. That is a fact that can't be denied. I remember when I was a teenager long ago, my mother said to me "our restaurant is sufficient to nurture three generations." And after she arrived in the U.S. to join me, she said "every one (sibling) still in Vietnam is to have an equal share of the restaurant business profit." Every one in the picture below and all their children are all share owners of this Dong Nguyen restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City because the restaurant was started and made famous by my parents for many years. Not a single sibling, and not her husband or sons, should take all profit and the family business. My brother, his wife and his children in Vietnam ought to be share owners and have rights in this family business.
飲水思源 When you drink water, think of its source.
Please do not mistreat my brother -- your brother, your uncle.
Please do not deny my brother's rights.
really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem
so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in
spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at
heart. -- Anne Frank
In the midst of darkness, let there be light.
In the midst of ignorance, prejudice, betrayal and hatred, let there be compassion, hope, loyalty and love.
In the midst of ungratefulness, let there be gratitude.
In the midst of selfishness, greed and cruelty, let there be generosity, honesty and morality.