Denver-based Bridging Hope, a Franciscan-founded nonprofit helping needy women and children in Viet Nam, is honoring Anh “Joseph” Cao as its “Ambassador of Hope” at its 5th Annual Art and Vietnamese Cultural Fundraiser Event Oct. 6.
Cao, the only Vietnamese-American elected to the U.S. Congress (2009-11), fled Saigon in 1975 at age 8 along with a brother and sisters. His mother stayed behind awaiting the release from prison of their father, a South Vietnamese officer imprisoned at the end of the war. It was 1991 before the family was re-united in Houston, Texas.
By then Cao had completed a degree in physics at Baylor University. He completed a master’s degree in philosophy at Fordham University and taught philosophy at Loyola University in New Orleans while studying for his law degree. There he met and married Hieu Phuong “Kate” Hoang. They have two daughters.
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