“My mom was very compassionate about these children who are considered illegal in Vietnam and really wanted a place for the nuns to run and be able to educate and support them,” Truong Xe told BuzzFeed News.
In 2000, Tracy Vu immigrated to the United States from Vietnam with her husband and three children. She came from a large, rural, and impoverished family and spoke no English.
Now, 16 years later, she not only owns a successful nail salon in Capitola, California, but has also made her long-term dream of building an orphanage back in Vietnam a reality.
A tweet by her 18-year-old son, Truong Xe, about his mom has gone viral, with more than 10,000 retweets.
"I was only able to complete school up until the 5th grade," Vu told BuzzFeed News. "So I knew that I wanted to give back to my home country in ways of educating the youth."
So, after she became financially stable, Vu would travel back to Vietnam every three years to connect with and help various nunneries and orphanages, Xe said.