Phaïm Ngoïc Chu a self-made man in Hun­gary

Outlook - - CONTENTS - By Traàn Leâ

haïm Ngoïc Chu, a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man in Hun­gary, doesn't keep his busi­ness se­crets to him­self. In­stead, he reg­u­larly shares them with other peo­ple in the Viet­namese com­mu­nity.

Chu be­lieves that the more he shares with his fel­low coun­try­men, the more he can help them suc­ceed.

Like Chu, many Viet­namese have be­come suc­cess­ful af­ter mov­ing abroad. De­spite ini­tially not know­ing the lo­cal lan­guage and miss­ing their home coun­try badly, they worked hard and be­came lead­ers and role mod­els in over­seas Viet­namese com­mu­ni­ties.

At Kim Lieân High School in Haø Noäi, Chu was not one of the top stu­dents in his class, al­though he ex­celled in his favourite sub­jects: ge­om­e­try and ge­og­ra­phy.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school, he went south to Ñaø Naüng and Cam Ranh to study to be a tech­ni­cian un­der Rus­sian ex­perts. A big turn­ing point in his life came in 1985, when he was sent to then- East Ger­many to con­tinue his stud­ies.

"I was very happy," Chu re­called. "I got to do many team ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial work."

Chu set out to or­ga­nize many ac­tiv­i­ties, such as mini-con­certs and sports games, which brought to­gether many young peo­ple full of en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm.

Like other Viet­namese men and women in East Ger­many, Chu sent home many bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­bikes. He also sent home so many rolls of film that his friends joked they would stretch all the way around the globe.

A new turn

In 1989, af­ter the fall of the Ber­lin Wall, thou­sands of Viet­namese liv­ing in East Ger­many had to make a tough de­ci­sion: start all over again, or go home to Vieät Nam. Chu made a bold de­ci­sion: mov­ing to a third coun­try to start his life anew. His des­ti­na­tion was Hun­gary, at the in­vi­ta­tion of a friend. With his Ger­man tech­ni­cian de­gree, he soon got the job many dreamed of: work­ing at a money-print­ing house.

Not know­ing a word in Hun­gar­ian did not bar him from join­ing com­mu­nity ac­tiv-

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