SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tri Tran’s parents shook him awake at 3 a.m. on a warm April morning. They silently led the 11-year-old, his older brother and his grandmother out of their home in the rural outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and toward the sea. The trio eventually boarded a 30-foot fishing boat with more than 100 others, packing in below deck with only a cup for water and no food. Five days later, they arrived at a refugee camp in Indonesia. Six months later, they headed to California to live with relatives. Tran’s parents didn’t give any explanation that early morning, but he knew what was happening. After all, they had tried leaving Ho Chi Minh City four times before and failed each time. It was 1986 and Tran’s parents were sending him to a better life in the US — even if it meant they had to stay behind. Tran didn’t see them again for 11 years. “I barely recognized them,” the now 39-year-old said of his long-delayed reunion with his parents. “My mom was crying, but I wasn’t, because I just didn’t recognize her.” Now CEO and co-founder of Munchery, the company behind the popular… Read full this story
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