May Ung knows about financial struggles. She escaped the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia in 1975, arriving broke in the United States.
“I didn’t have a penny. There was nothing worse than being over there,” Ung said.
And 45 years later, Ung found a new challenge. As co-owner of Vallejo’s landmark restaurant Scotty’s for 19 years, the pandemic shutdown was a hardship, yes, but when you’ve escaped genocide, you keep it in perspective. .
“To me, given this opportunity, no matter how much life knocks you down, you get back up,” Ung said. “It’s hard … it’s part of life. You go through challenges and you have to get through it. You can’t call it quits. I came to this country with nothing.”