He was born in the U.S. and graduated from Berkeley University and only learned Vietnamese in a cultural exchange program in Hanoi in August 2010.
Then he was recruited by Vietnam Television to host an English program. After that he quit his job in the U.S. and made the trip home to Vietnam to find his roots.
His experience of walking from Hanoi to Saigon, to many provinces and cities in three regions of Vietnam where he discovered cultural differences feature heavily in the book. The author shared that he likes the slow pace of life in this country as people have time to recall the past and enjoy more time with friends and family members than back in America.
He has decided to stay longer in Vietnam and is expected to build a charity foundation for poor and studious students and farmers. People who are interested in his work can access www.ig9.vn for more information.
The autobiography will be published in English in the U.S. next year.