Philanthropist Kimmy Duong and George Mason University student An Nguyen share a background and a belief. Both are Vietnamese Americans with a strong appreciation for the value of education.
For Duong, the story began in Vietnam, where she graduated from the University of Saigon and began her career as a computer analyst with IBM.
Everything changed on April 29, 1975, when Duong was forced to make the split-second decision to flee her country as communist forces took over the capital city.
Now, she was a refugee. Over the next 15 weeks, Duong’s journey took her from Guam to Wake Island to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Speaking little English at the time, she felt only anxiety and concern. She eventually settled in Bethesda, Maryland, where thanks to her degree, she was able to return to work with IBM.