When Doan was 13 years old, he and his 15 year old sister escaped from their home country of Vietnam. There was a war in Vietnam. Though it was very dangerous, Doan’s mother sent her children away, hoping that they would reach another country where they could get an education. Doan, his sister and sever others escaped Vietnam in a small fishing boat. After spending 11 frightening days on the open sea, they arrived safely in Hong Kong. They were accepted into a refugee camp and waited for sponsorship to another country.