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Welcome to FirstGenProgrammer.com! (Domain names: RefugeeProgrammer.com and ImmigrantProgrammer.com redirect here.)

I hope you have a good time here on this site and learn lots. We are still under construction!

Purpose of this site:

Before giving the reason for creating this website, I feel I need to talk a bit about myself.

My name is David Nguyen. I am a Vietnamese-Canadian. I was born in Canada by Vietnamese War refugees (First Generation Canadian) and am very fortunate to have what I have. I am almost done school for computer programming and have accomplished things that I always have dreamed about. 

The next step for me I think is to reach out to help others obtain their goals. I intend to become a teacher. I decided to found a website to help refugees, immigrants and first generation Canadians learn from me and others to gain experience, work and education in their new adoptive countries.

I believe my status as a first generation Canadian has an affect on my life. Being a child of refugees, representation is important. I did not see someone who came from the same upbringing in the fields I liked to learn from and follow. I felt a bit alienated growing up. Vietnamese people came to the West recently, so there aren’t many of them doing other things other than the stereotypical jobs in nail salons and pho noodle restaurants.

I hope this endeavor will enable mentorship, connection, data collection and political advocacy for users of the site. I guess first generation, refugees and immigrants will be the main users. The resources here I hope will motivate and inspire them to work in tech.

Different backgrounds can offer different solutions to solve world problems. Different backgrounds can offer depth and breadth in everyday life.