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Phat Le graduated from University of California, San Diego with a B.S in psychology and then completed his M.S. in counseling at California State University, Fresno, with a Marriage and Family Therapy and Pupil Personnel Services emphasis. He is a licensed MFT.
He has worked in dozens of schools and has engaged in educating thousands of youths. He dedicated three years to counseling underprivileged clients at Catholic Charities, a non-profit organization and then spent two years as a school counselor at a public school in California’s Bay Area. He later went on to work with the San Diego Unified School District, to provide mental health services to youths and families at the Mental Health Resource Center.
Phat Le is in a musical band named Heart2exist which has recorded and produced two successful albums with original music celebrating diversity and advocating human rights. He has performed in numerous music videos and concerts within the Vietnamese American community. The author has a significant fan base through his music. The unique inclusion of his original soundtrack with the memoir is sure to spark interest from those who support music. This rare combination of a memoir produced with an original soundtrack will surely catch the attention of both literary and music critics everywhere.
on June 26, 2013 :
Growing up I've heard many stories about my family's journey to America as "boat people". Reading this book has really helped me piece together all their stories and have a better understanding of their experiences. I've never felt so many emotions while reading... but the stories told by Phat gave me chills, made me laugh, and made me cry (I cried reading all of chapter 8!). This book is a constant reminder for me not to take anything for granted and to appreciate how much my family has sacrificed for me to have a better future. I am forever thankful for their sacrifices. Thank you for sharing your story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)