As nightfall descended on Saigon, Vietnam, the Dao family joined the masses huddled on the floor of a military cargo plane in preparation for an immediate evacuation. The year was 1975. The Vietnam War was coming to a bitter end, and just about everybody was desperate to get out of the country.

Nearly two months and two refugee camps later, the Dao family arrived in Coffeyville, Kansas where they began to put down roots for a new life in America. From that day on, the discoveries were many as were the triumphs and travails.

From sampling the breakfast staple of cereal and milk to grasping the vexing idiosyncrasies of the English language to surviving the rancor of war-induced family strife, Home Away From Home is a hobbling walk down the memory lane of a life that has languished yet thrived in America.


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