IAmA father of seven and own three jewelry stores in Los Angeles. When I came to America, I started with $20. AMA!
I am one of his sons, and I will be typing his answers on his behalf.
Back in 1960-1970, in Cambodia, there's a dictator who claims himself as the "king of Cambodia." His name was Pol Pot. His plan was to execute, kill, and get rid of all of the highly intelligent people in Cambodia. So basically, if you had an elementary school level education, you'd be executed on the spot. He did this because he didn't want any of the smart people to rebel against him. Obviously, many people wanted to escape from Cambodia and move to the states, or any other country. This is where my grandma came in play. Her job was to deliver rice, crossing borders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. This gave her a high advantage of escaping. So, one day, instead of loading her 16-wheeler with rice bags, she told her kids, who are now my uncles and aunts, to get into the truck, and instead of delivering rice, she went to nearest airport to fly off to the states, specifically Michigan, starting off with $20 that was found on the ground and welfare money.
From that day on, my aunts, uncles, and my dad got a job, so the whole family was working. My dad got a job as a busboy, which, if you've ever been in a restaurant, and there's always someone who cleans up after you eat? Yeah, my dad did that. Eventually, all of the money that my family earned and saved went to specifically my dad, who used that money to pay the expenses of attending the GIA Institution, which is the Gemological Institute of America. He graduated, receiving a job from Tiffany & Co., working for them for eight years.
After the eight years, he met my mom and opened up his own shop, now called JAJ & Associates. Had kids, and opened up two more stores for them, now called The Goldsmith and Pleasantry Jewelers.
EDIT1: My dad went out to get some bean sprouts for dinner, so we'll be right back to answering questions after! :)
EDIT2: And we're back!
EDIT3: Alright guys! It's getting late here! On behalf of my father, I'd like to thank you guys for taking your time out and asking questions! Hopefully, we can do something like this again in the future. :)
EDIT4: Why, hello there front page! I'll try to get my dad to answer a few more, he's full after eating pho from last night!
EDIT5: Some of you have PMed me on my interest. Well, I play video games, develop websites, and stream! (www.twitch.tv/ayshinematt) Now, let the questions keep rolling in, I'll answer them at a different time. :)