Phaïm Ngoïc Chu a self-made man in Hungary
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-