Who was your favourite song growing up? What put it above the other songs that you have heard?
The first song that I ever remember being a favorite of mine is “Beat It” by the late great Michael Jackson. I was probably around three or four years old when the “Thriller” album was being played regularly in my home and at family parties. I just remember that this song made me want to dance. According to family video evidence at the time, I was really into trying to breakdance and this got me going at the ‘fam jams’. Thinking back, the best part about this was that we were a large group of Vietnamese immigrant families who just landed in this great country within the last three years, and here we were living in government housing partying to Michael Jackson and other dance hits at the time.
There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
While in the Telfer Executive MBA Program, I’m looking forward to pushing myself to go beyond my known limits in academic and business administration ability. At the same time, I understand this will stretch not only myself but my family as well. Our ability to manage life effectively will change. Not only do I need to be successful in school and business but also in my marriage, relationship with my children and with each individual in the family in order to be personally successful. If any of these fail due to my participation in the program I will consider myself to have failed. I don’t want to believe that any of these need to be mutually exclusive and am looking forward and determined to ensure that they are not.
Is there any not-for-profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
My wife and I sponsor a few children internationally, specifically on programs that focus efforts on serving young people’s practical needs and needs of the heart. This is most likely due to seeing how little is required to make a difference in a young person’s life to change the trajectory of their future. Part of this understanding for myself is from learning early on the life of my father’s parents who grew up in separate small villages in Northern Viet Nam as orphans – one due to economics the other due to disease. Their legacy is one of survival and success where they were able to finish their life in a place far from where they started with ‘successful’ grand children benefitting from their struggle. This is a common story in most our histories if we look far back enough. My hope is that what little support I provide to a young person’s life it will support their ability to see beyond their circumstances to work their way out.