I am John, and I am Hung. I am American, and I am Vietnamese. Born and raised in America, I spent 80 days traveling through Vietnam with no money living along side Vietnamese farmers, fishermen, and people from all walks of life because I wanted so desperately to be […]

I am John, and I am Hung. I am American, and I am Vietnamese. Born and raised in America, I spent 80 days traveling through Vietnam with no money living along side Vietnamese farmers, fishermen, and people from all walks of life because I wanted so desperately to be Vietnamese. The incredible experience culminated in my book “John đi tìm Hùng” (John finding Hùng), which was a writing prompt in the 2013 National University entrance exam and has been enshrined into the Vietnam National Library.

I first came to Vietnam in 2010 on a UC Berkeley exchange program without being able to speak the language and knowing very little about the country. However, as I began to immerse myself and explore the culture, I fell in love. This was not only my motherland, but this was to be home.

Vietnam has allotted me the opportunity to do many of the things I’ve always wanted to do, such as, being a TV host, a college professor, an author and an entrepreneur. More importantly, it gave me a sense of purpose in life. I want to be an integral part of Vietnam’s development and guide the youth towards building a better Vietnam.