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Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung

Discussion Leader: Mark Williams Rev. Linda Johnson

Synopsis: Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas. Where the Wind Leads follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks on a lawless sea, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There Vinh struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier—yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Where the Wind Leads is Vinh’s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his family’s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.

  • All discussions will be hosted in the Sunset Conference Room.
  • Three copies of each book will be on hand for borrowing in the church office for those who decide not to purchase the book or who do not wish to check it out from the library. Please return the book promptly after reading so as to be respectful of your fellow church members.
  • If you are reading the book from “up north,” email your thoughts to Pastor Mark or call Pastor Mark if you have questions or would like to discuss.