Immigrant Women Create a Bridge Between the U.S. and Vietnam


By Eva Barrows

In 2000, The White House turned to the California Asia Business Council to arrange a visit by an American delegation to Vietnam. Influential Bay Area businesswoman Christina Bui and changemaker Quinn Tran organized the historic visit between the two countries. It was the first time a U.S. President stepped foot inside Vietnam since the war. The Clinton family watched Vietnamese music and dance performances at the Hanoi Theater just a few rows from the President of Vietnam.

The successful relationship-building visit made meaningful impacts in Vietnam, spurring wider access to the Internet, which attracted business development and strengthened the people’s love for what America represents. “You Belong Here,” show host Porcia Chen Silverberg spoke with Bui and Tran about their journeys from refugee status after the Fall of Saigon to being immigrants in a foreign country, and now citizens and successful business leaders.

The women share advice on how to seize opportunities, and the mindset that has helped them enrich their lives as immigrant women in the United States. Pick up tips on how to switch your mindset from surviving to thriving in this episode of “You Belong Here.”