Local Restaurateur Shares Food, Culture with DCCC Students

Huynh and Watford

Feb. 12, 2015 – Trieu Huynh was 12 when he escaped from war-torn South Vietnam on a small boat. He was adrift in the Pacific Ocean for three days before finally landing in Malaysia. The American Consulate granted him immunity, and an American organization sponsored his immigration to Florida, where he received an education.

Huynh, now a restaurant owner in Lexington, recently shared these stories with a class of students at Davidson County Community College. He surprised the English 111 class with samples of crab rangoon, vegetable spring rolls and crispy pork dumplings from his restaurant, Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse.

His visit came about after Huynh met student Jesse Watford, who interviewed him for an assignment in the class. In addition to teaching students how to write clear, coherent essays, the class provides a global perspective. Research about other countries and cultures fuels the students’ writing.

During Huynh’s visit, the class talked about his home country of South Vietnam, the Vietnamese War, the unification of Vietnam, his escape from the war-torn country, his entry into America and his life in Lexington. He told the class that he loves America and the freedoms enjoyed in this country. He was also happy to learn that DCCC encourages students to learn about the world through its manyinternational education programs.

Susan Scarboro, the English faculty member who teaches the course, says several of her students have decided to become Scholars of Global Distinction, a designation they can earn by participating in global courses, events and experiences. The global connection promotes a better understanding between diverse cultures, she says.

“After Mr. Huynh visited our class, students wrote a journal of two pages or more,” Scarboro says. “Throughout the class, they follow developing international news, read books, watch approved international movies or watch TED Talks about international situations or problems.  They are encouraged to discuss these in class and then complete writing assignments about them. They also complete a globalized research project about a problem outside the U.S. and present their findings to their classmates. It’s a great way to introduce students to research and to global problems and situations.”

*Editor’s Note: Trieu Huynh (left), owner of Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse in Lexington, visited an English writing class at DCCC to share food and talk about his experiences coming from South Vietnam to the United States. DCCC student Jesse Watford (right) previously interviewed Huynh for a paper he was writing in the class, which has a global emphasis.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.