Ever since 2010, my uncle, Hoan Vong, has fascinated my cousins and I with stories of Japan. It was quite amazing with how much he knew about Japan..none of us are Japanese! However, despite not being that certain ethnicity, his love for the Japanese culture could be considered that of a native.
The last four years, my uncle, cousins, and I would often talk about what we would do in Japan, one of them being eating endless amount of ramen, haha! We would always talk about our trip whenever we hung out with Uncle H, but because my cousins and I were still fairly young, we were waiting until the summer of 2015 when two of us would had graduated from High School.
Mid 2014, we were all pumped up that the trip was only a year away, but due to some circumstances, Uncle H lost his job. It was not because he was incompetent, whereas it was due to the faltering economy. Right now he isn’t that well off financially, but he’s recovering slowly. My cousins and I feel terrible that he still spends money on us when we go on outings with him..and with how he is right now, Uncle H is unsure if he will be able to travel to Japan.
His birthday is in April and my cousins and I were hoping that with the help of many, we will able to present him an amazing gift, a gift to fulfill his dreams. We are hoping to pay off his airfare, rooming costs, as well other accommondations.
Thank you so much to those who contribute to this cause!
If in the future I see someone in a similar situation as Uncle H, it will be my way of paying it forward to help them reach their goals as well.
- Cathy Phan
- Lisa John & Linda Phan
- Vu Vu
- Judy Vo'Dinh
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