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Returning to homeland, Vietnamese Americans make their mark
Returning to homeland, Vietnamese Americans make their mark

Twenty-seven years ago, Lam Ton was living his American dream. A former interpreter at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, Ton was a can-do Chicago restaurateur who helped revive a declining neighborhood. He was also making a trailblazing return — chronicled by a local TV crew — to the country where, in 1974, his infant son in his arms, he tearfully boarded an evacuating helicopter atop the embassy roof. Today, Ton pursues his dreams for Vietnam, long after trouble, anger and violence drove him from Chicago. Forty years after the fall of Saigon — the anniversary is Thursday — Ton’s story scratches at a scar that is still tender for many Vietnamese who...

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