Opportunity and freedom brought Jon Huynh’s parents to the United States back in the 1980s.
Originally from Saigon, Vietnam, Huynh ventured to the U.S. himself in 1994, and eventually settled in Clovis.
The 38-year-old is the owner of Creative Nails at Hilltop Plaza in Clovis. Her has a 12-year-old daughter who attends Yucca Middle School.
Have you enjoyed living here in Clovis?
I’ve been to many places in the United States and it’s a pretty great town. Friendly people. I really enjoy the people a lot.
How did you learn to speak English?
I did take English when I was back home, when I prepared to come here. I came here and went back to school. Even now, I take a class online here and there just to keep up with it.
Do you have a lot of family in the U.S. or are most still in Vietnam?
My family all lives in the U.S.; my sister, my brother and both parents. My dad is in Tennessee and my mom is in Dallas.
What are your favorite memories of Vietnam?
We’re more in public, we have little free markets. Any town today you can just walk out if you’re hungry, want food or drink. People seem pretty close. You feel warmer when you get connected to people and everybody’s nice.
Do you ever wish your daughter could grow up like you did in Vietnam?
I always wanted my daughter to learn both cultures and societies.; see that I grew up differently. There are two different societies.
Kids in America, they were born with everything. They don’t appreciate life much. I would want my daughter to see the difference; how hard people work back home, see them fighting for their lives, struggling to get their life moving forward. Here’s different, everything is handed (to you).
So far my daughter is doing pretty good. She really likes school. She keeps up with her grades.
What made you interested in becoming a business owner?
I like the idea of working on my own and the challenge.
What is your favorite meal from home?
That would be noodles, and broken rice.
What would be your perfect vacation?
That would be tough. I’ve been to many places, but the only place I would dream to go would be Thousand Islands. It’s just expensive.
— Compiled by CMI staff writer Emily Crowe