Tuan Ho escaped Vietnam at age six in 1981 among thousands of other “boat people” refugees. Through author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, he has told the story of how he, his mother, and two
sisters survived five days adrift on the ocean with dwindling fresh water before being rescued by a U.S. aircraft carrier. Joining the rest of his family in Canada, he went on to attend school in Toronto and is now an accomplished physiotherapist with a new clinic. His wife Edae, a primary school teacher, is the child of other Vietnamese boat people refugees who settled in Ireland and then Canada. Tuan and Edae have two young daughters, Madeline and Emily.