In 1977, Tracy Young's parents escaped Vietnam on a boat that reached Malaysia and was picked up by the coast guards. The boat contained around 300 refugees who were trying to escape the Vietnam war. By a stroke of luck, Tracy Young's parents and older sister, who was less than 1 year old at that time, managed to immigrate to the United States.
As the daughter of Chinese-Vietnamese refugees of war, Tracy Young was the first in her family to be born in the United States, where she grew up watching her parents work multiple jobs to make ends meet. As Young shared with me from her office in the mission district of San Francisco, her family roots and upbringing was very important to her and it imbued in her a strong sense of work ethnic and determination. Young's mother was a hardworking business women who gave her sound business advice, "Spend less than you make", which have served Young well in her career.