Interview: Congressional Candidate Dr. Mai Khanh Tran

Dr. Mai Khanh Tran (CA39) took time in between her young patients to do this interview. The moment we met her we felt an immediate connection. As she shared her life story, my mom and I were spellbound. This is why we’re traveling across the country to meet these women.

When we asked Dr. Mai Khanh Tran about how she came to this country so many years ago, she had this to say:

“I was part of the orphan airlift prior to the end of the Vietnam war at the age of 9. It was the only way we were going to get out of the country. When I landed in the U.S., an American soldier got on to the plane and carried me off. So I was carried on to American soil by a U.S. soldier. It was the soldier who really gave me this vision of what America is all about; How great and kind and compassionate and welcoming it is.”

Dr. Tran continued:
“So, one of the reasons I’m running is because of my 5 year old daughter. I’ve battled breast cancer twice and after that I had to go through big rounds of IVF for my beautiful daughter.
But I’m worried that the vision of America that she sees is different than the vision I saw when I first came to The States.”

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