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‘I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time’

When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the first refugees trickled into the Los Angeles area, Helene Ross, co-founder of the Westlake Women’s Club, organized the group to collect necessities and distribute them to displaced Vietnamese. Kieu Hoang accepted clothing and, later, household goods and a motorbike. In September, he gave $5 million to help Houstonians rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. “I come here to thank the American people who allowed us to come to this country as a refugee in early 1975,” he said at a press conference with…

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