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My Story


Welcome to my site.  To find out more about me please read my story below.  Thank you for visiting and come back soon!           




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My name is Kyvan Luu.  I was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1980 as a refugee when I was very young.  My journey to the U.S. can be a fascinating subject for a book as many of my friends have told me.  Forced to adopt to a new country not knowing anything about it is a bit challenging to say the least.  Nevertheless, my family made a new beginning for me here in the U.S. and life have never been the same. 


I had a simple life in Vietnam.  My family wasn't rich or poor.  We were a typical happy family until the Vietnam War led us to flee ( as Boat People ) from our country.  The journey was vigorous and life changing, but that's a story for another time.  I had to take on a new lifestyle when I came to the U.S.  I had to learn a different language, embraced a remarkable culture and new foods for the palate.  Despite from being raised as a vegetarian in Vietnam, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into a "Big Mac" hamburger.  Little did I know, my life transformed completely and I became a vegan.


As I grew up, the American lifestyle was becoming more and more dominant over my Vietnamese heritage.  Even though I am a proud American, I never forgot where I came from and where I want to be in the future.  From grade school to college, I managed with some difficulties, to blend into the American society.  As with many Asian culture, learning was ingrained into us at early age.  My mom once told me that I will learn till the day I die.  In other words: there is always something new to learn every single day.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  I have been working in architectural firms for almost 25 years with vast experience in design and construction and still learning.  Design can be applied to everything in this world from the largest building to the smallest living cell.  There are so much in between that I still have to learn.      

I am also proud to learn that my family and friends have accepted me as a member of the LGBTQIA community.  We can learn from each other no matter who we are inside.  For example, I learned that all living things with a nervous system can feel pain.  As someone who feels tremendous pain when I get a mere papercut I cannot fathom myself intentionally kill an animal for food or clothing when there are numerous other options available.  I became a vegan because of my empathy toward other living animals.  


To learn more about my vegan lifestyle and other interests please click here.  For more information on my professional background please go to the Projects page. 



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