Both from Saigon, Hat and Chia had not yet met when his parents approached hers about making a traditional match between their families. After the marriage, they had a bicycle shop in Cambodia, then returned home to Saigon where they ran the same business for over 20 years. Escaping the Communists in 1975, their eldest daughter (living in Rome) sponsored them to come to Italy. Now U.S. citizens, they moved to Virginia and have lived in the United States since 1988.
Hat and Chia had six children, four of whom are living.