I grew up on a small island in the Caribbean, called Aruba, with some 60,000 inhabitants at the time. It had a booming early economy led by a large Esso refinery, which had brought as many as 5,000 Americans to the island. My father ran a Chinese restaurant on Aruba and he took me shopping for food supplies in “The Colony” — the American refinery enclave. That was one of my most vivid memories of my childhood.
I graduated from an Aruban high school, called Collegio Arubano, but also spent three years in another high school in the Netherlands located in the “Hollywood” of Holland, called Hilversum. After graduating from high school, I went to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where I majored in economics