Kimchi Chow, a/k/a “The First Asian Coach for Asian American Women in USA”, was born and raised in Vietnam, and was greatly influenced by her mother as a businesswoman and working mother. When Vietnam fell to a Communist regime, Kimchi and her family fled to the United States. Her parents worked incredibly hard to build a life in the states for their 9 children, working long hours for minimum wage. She learned early on that working hard can build a better life for herself and her family, and that money and/or authority are necessary to create power. Home life was hard, with her father harshly criticizing and telling them they were dirty, useless and stupid. Disrespect of her mother by him was difficult to watch.
Kimchi graduated from college with a B.S. Degree in Computer Science. After 20 years in the high tech industry, Kimchi quit her job. She joined a Buddhist study group for a year, allowing her to take courses in communication, relationships, partnerships and personalities. She also invested in many self-help workshops and used this time to begin to begin to discover herself.
Kimchi has owned & run several different businesses: a Janitorial Service franchise, Real Estate Investing, Private Money Lending, and Property Management. She learned to trade stocks & currencies to manage her own retirement fund. She is a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, and a certified B.A.N.K. Trainer.
Today, Kimchi works with Asian professional women to empower them to create a life they love. As host of “Asian Women of Power” Podcast, she shares insights on life lessons she has learned from the past four decades living as an immigrant in the USA, as well as tips from other Asian women and immigrants who overcame the challenges of cultural conflicts and how to find the key to claim power in life. She lives in San Jose, California with her husband, and is active in the Asian American business community.
Tune in to hear Kimchi chat with Steve, Mary, and Richard about her life in Vietnam, her family’s escape to the United States and what she has learned over four decades living as an immigrant.
In This Episode
Life in Vietnam
Her parents had 9 children
The knock on the door in 1976 that changed her life forever
Her aunt took the kids and mom went to jail
The Mexico situation brings memories of her mom choosing to take her sister to jail with her
The boat and the journey to America
Mom kept the gold!
Each person had to pay a gold bar to earn their freedom
In Vietnam mom was the boss, dad was a gifted tailor
Boat people have the most courageous minds — none of them could swim!
The journey was literally life or death
She learned to speak English, got an engineering degree, and went to work.
Why she’s compelled to work with Asian women
Live Life Loud — don’t be afraid to speak up and be heard
URL: AsianWomenofPower.com (podcast and mastermind)
Previously On Reinvention Radio