Summary: My narrator’s legal name is Viet Thai Phan, but that is because her mother messed up her documents. The name she actually goes by is Thai Viet Phan which she will change in the future. Her family had escaped from Vietnam into Thailand where they gave birth to her in 1988, before setting off for the Philippines and finally America. Her sister was born when she was two, and her biological father was diagnosed with cancer shortly after. He passed away when she was 11, and her stepfather passed away recently in 2017. Thai did her undergraduate school at UCLA and got her law degree and public policy. Master's degree at USC. She also met her current husband at USC. They got married in 2016 shortly before Thai moved back to Santa Ana and began rebuilding her political connections via local government and Democratic organizations. Thai now works at Rutan and Tucker as a lawyer.
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