"My journey started on a boat..."
"My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp. And somehow I ended up here on Hollywood's biggest stage...
"This ... THIS IS THE AMERICAN DREAM!"
That was Ke Huy Quan winning best supporting actor for his work in Everything Everywhere All at Once. If he looks oddly familiar it's because once upon a time he played "Data" in The Goonies and "Short Round" in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Quan and his family are from Saigon, South Vietnam, from which they fled in 1978 once the commies took over.
From an interview he did last year with Entertainment Weekly:
"Our family was separated for a year," says Quan. He escaped to Hong Kong with his father and five of his siblings ("we were in refugee camps"), while his mother took three of the children and went to Malaysia. "Luckily, all of us, the entire family, were able to come to the States safely," Quan says. "We were so blessed. We came here in 1979, and, as luck would have it, four years later, I would meet a couple of guys who would change my life."
Protect this man.