The amazing story of Miss Universe Vietnam 2018

H’Hen Nie, born to an impoverished ethnic minority in the central highlands of Vietnam, defied all odds by making a memorable run for the Miss Universe title in 2018. Here’s her amazing story.

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Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m Vietnamese-American from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Q: Where are you based?
A: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and travel throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I have a B.A. from St. John’s University (Minnesota), a M.A. degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Hawaii, a Global Trade Certificate from Saint Paul College (Minnesota), and am APICS-certified as a Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

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  1. I love this story. I loved so much about VN; beautiful country, cost, visa, even the government and police impressed us.
    I wish I could understand why so many people were so flat out mean, however.
    Note- we don’t blow money like suckers and rarely travel on a luxury level, so we don’t get the phony butt kissing.

    I’ve travelled SE Asia since ’93 and this is the only place where people are nearly uniformly mean. Young people could be very kind except in tourist areas.
    Could it be my Thai wife with a white guy? Maybe the American war, which would be very understandable. Sometimes they’d ignore my wife, sometimes just glare with hate at her. Often they spoke Vietnamese to her – she must look Vietnamese – maybe there’s racism or jingoism. We’re not acting entitled, I sure hope. She was raised on a duck and rice farm and I’m just not that way.

    Anyway, we planned to retire there, now neither of us like anything related to VN. I was actually sad. I’d felt for their struggle for decades. Not now.
    I first went to Thailand to get into VN during the ‘no trading w/ the enemy’ Act. I discovered the beaches and food when I got stuck – no flights after Clinton lifted the Act.
    The wonderful Thai people have kept me coming back since, 1-3 times a year with excursions to different countries in SE Asia.
    In my life, the feeling of a place is prime, and the people create that or prevent that.

    America has become a budding “Idiocracy” and is partly why we want to relocate. Thailand’s unfriendly expat policies may be trumped by the wonderful people, vibe, and food. I’ll retire early and am running out of months… IF we can safely fly again in 2021!

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