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March 16, 2022 24 min

Duc Pham is building upon a legacy inspired by generosity. His story began in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and continued through his studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree and PhD from Cornell University. Duc is now an assistant professor at Santa Monica College, passing forward the gift of education to the next generation of students. What inspired his journey from student to teacher? Well, it all started with a single spark...


  • 01:58 - If someone were visiting Ho Chi Minh City for the first time, what would you want them to experience?
  • 02:45 - Duc shares his favorite vegan Vietnamese restaurant, Hoa Sen, in Orange County, California. 
  • 04:10 - Growing up, who were the most influential people in your life?
  • 05:36 - What sparked the seed for you to study in the U.S.? 
  • 09:42 - How did you end up at Santa Rosa Junior College
  • 11:30 - Duc speaks of an instructor at SRJC who changed his life. 
  • 17:45 - Duc speaks of a quote from supreme court justice Sonia Sotomayor that resonated with him.
  • 18:25 - Finding belonging as an international student.
  • 21:03 - The stories you’ll tell at your 50th wedding anniversary
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Santa Rosa Junior College

    Cornell University 

    Santa Monica College

    Hoa Sen Restaurant

    Orange County, California

    1975 Vietnam

    Sonia Sotomayor

    Redwood Adventist Academy

    Sonoma State University

    Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota

    SRJC Foundation


    Studying in the USA

    Learning English 

    Studying at a US community college 

    Attending US secondary and boarding schools





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