Here is the Video I Told You About

In the February 12 edition of this newsletter, I wrote an article entitled Today’s Report from the RootsTech and FGS Conferences. The article is available at

Near the end of the article, I described the presentation made by one of the speakers:

“At the end of her talk, Tan Le received a standing ovation. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

“I cannot possibly describe this talk properly. You HAVE to watch the video when it appears soon on You won’t forget it any time soon.”

The video is now available and I can only repeat, ” You HAVE to watch the video …”

This video is of the entire hour and a half session. However, the part I referred to is the last part: a presentation by Tan Le. It is powerful. (The rest of the session was very interesting as well.) You can watch the video in its entirety on the web site at:

If you ever feel that you are overwhelmed by difficulties in your life, just watch this video again.

There were more than 10,000 genealogists in the audience, including myself.

More RootsTech videos may be found at


What a remarkable young lady. Tan Le deserves every iota of success she attains.


Unfortunately, I cannot access any of the video. Is there some technical restriction to US and Canada only?

Best, Michael


You’re not wrong Dick, very moving


unable to view it!


I watched it on Utube.
As the daughter of two immigrant parents, this rang deeply for me. We often forget how good we actually have it and that we are responsible for making change in our own lives. To this day I have an affinity for new comers to this country . I learned that knowing more than one language is a precious gift, and that all cultures have something to share .


An amazing story, an amazing young woman.


Tan Le’s story on YouTube is not the Roots Tech one but a 12 minute 2011 talk. I watched the entire 30 minute talk on Dick’s link here in the Uk without a hitch. A tremendous story Keith


Tan Le’s story almost leaves me speechless. It certainly left me in awe and in tears. Not all immigrants attain what this young woman has, and will. But her story of the bravery and courage of three generations of immigrants should remind us all that America is a nation of immigrants, and of why we need to remain open to immigrants. Their transition may be difficult, but those of us whose families have been here longer have a responsibility to ease the way. Thanks for providing the link, Dick.


When I listened to Tan Le’s presentation at Roots Tech the other day, I was as moved as everyone else there, but it had a special meaning for me. I taught English as a Second language for many years to Vietnamese as well as Cambodian students in high school, and remember hearing many similar and horrific stories of what these young people endured in their efforts to flee the horrors of their own countries. The Cambodian girls had particularly appalling experiences to relate. What always impressed me was the dedication and determination to succeed even after all they had been through.


Thank you for bringing this to our attention. As an Australian, I was aware of Tan Le, and (from seeing her on TV) I’ve been left in awe at the deep wisdom and sense of humanity displayed in one so young. However, I’ve never heard her describe her family story in this way before. What an inspirational young woman!


Thanks for sharing Tan Le’s moving presentation. I was able to view the video a couple of days ago but when I clicked on the link just now, it’s no longer visible. Perhaps it’s been moved to a different location.


Tan Le is an exceptionally gifted public speaker, and what a story she has to tell! Thank you for sharing this link.


I had the privilege of attending the session where Tan Le spoke at RootsTech. I too was almost speechless after hearing her relate her story. You could tell that EVERY word she spoke was selected especially to describe her experiences. It was delivered with the utmost precision and style. Thanks for posting, I will share with my genealogy society.


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