Join us for this special live-streamed event on the library's Facebook page and YouTube channel with Tim (Khiem) Tran, author of American Dreamer: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America, in conversation with Isaac Gilman, Dean of the Library at Pacific University and Director of Pacific University Press.
American Dreamer highlights the hope America represented for Tim throughout his life, from gaining an education to ultimately achieving democratic freedom. His continued determination, optimism, and strength of character demonstrate what it really means to be American, and American Dreamer is the product of Tim’s hard-earned wisdom. It’s also a riveting and timely memoir that provides a compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.
About the Author
Tim Tran, Vietnamese name Tran Manh Khiem, emigrated to America as a penniless refugee and quickly became a successful businessman and ultimately a university benefactor. Libraries have always had a special significance in Tim’s life, providing a safe haven for him as a student in Vietnam and during his college years at Pacific University, the University of California, Berkeley, and beyond. As a way of giving back to his adopted country, Tim and his wife Cathy established an endowment to fund operations for the Pacific University Library, and the library, built in 2005, was renamed the Tim and Cathy Tran Library in their honor.
This program is presented in partnership with the Tim and Cathy Tran Library at Pacific University and Pacific University Press.