Huan Phan boarded the ailing landing ship HQ-502 with his family as an eight-year-old and emigrated to the United States as part of the wave of 130,000 refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. With a Ph.D. from UCLA, he's pursued a diverse professional career. To Distant Shores is his first foray into writing.
Tiep Phan is a distinguished Vietnamese author with a writing career that spans seven decades. Born in North Vietnam, but relocated to the South at the age of 21, he became an officer in the South Vietnamese Navy. On April 29, 1975, at the end of the Vietnam War, he assisted his friend, Lieutenant Commander, Nguyen Van Tanh, to orchestrate the departure of HQ-502, with its 5000 fleeing passengers, down the Saigon River, out to freedom on the open seas.