UMass swimmer excited to become an American citizen
Sept. 28, 2012
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette sat down with Men's swimming sophomore Hao Luong who, on Thursday traveled to the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston to officially become an American citizen.
The following is an excerpt from the Gazettenet.com feature published Thursday September 27. You can read the entire article here.
AMHERST -- Hao Luong already feels like an American. Today, he'll make it official.
The sophomore on the University of Massachusetts swim team will officially take the oath to become a naturalized citizen at a ceremony at John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
"I'm just happy and excited to become a citizen here," said Luong, a sophomore whose name is pronounced "how long." "It was one of my goals. When I passed the test this summer, it felt like I accomplished something."
The ceremony will be the end of a long journey for Luong, who turns 20 next month.
Luong was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where his family lived until he was 13. In 2006, after his mother died, Luong's father Gia took Hao and his two brothers, Kiet and Anh, to the United States in search of a better life.