STORIES

Through the Storm

The winds and rain began lightly but grew strong enough to delay our friend’s flight out of Đồng Hới, Quảng Bình in Central Vietnam. The bittersweet goodbye was offset by the arrival of…

Purpose

They say the two most important days in a person’s life are the day they are born and the day they find their purpose for living. Like many people my age who…

When I Look Into The Mirror

On Facebook I am registered as a member of my maternal clan, the Dinh family. But when I look into the mirror, it is hard to spot any physical likeness. I see…

5 Sites to Know Vietnam

Vietnam is an ancient place with a rich culture. To really know Vietnam is to know small towns where ethnic minorities live, traditional villages, spiritual sites, royal palaces, and the various ways…

Lessons from Nail School

I was very nervous on my first day of nail salon training. My mind couldn’t think clearly, my Vietnamese started to freeze up, and my voice became unnaturally stiff. But that’s to…

Follow the Heart to Find Love

It was a hot humid day late in 2013. As my team was waiting for approval to set up a clinic about two hours southeast of Hà Nội, I met my future…

That Day on Bà Nà Hills

It was January 2016 and tickets to Vietnam were on sale. My wife and I discussed quickly and decided to take our two young daughters during their spring break for their first…

With Just A Backpack

In 2014, Vinh Nguyen, along with his older brother Truong and his childhood friend Phi, quit their jobs and headed off on 6-months long backpacking trip all through Southeast Asia. They had…

My Digital Vietnam

This was not the first time that she messaged me but it was the first to happen while I was away from the comfort of home. At home, I could have my…

Between Two Worlds

When I first visited Vietnam in 2007, I arrived with more than just a lot of luggage. Packed alongside all the clothes and gifts was a deep worry of whether I was…

The Black Pin

What’s that black pin?” I heard someone ask as I sat staring out the restaurant’s window. Several conversations were happening at once and I couldn’t figure out who was talking to who.…

Sài Gòn Shower

This trip was going to be different. During my previous visits, I dreaded the unforgiving bipolar weather: hot as hell or raining cats and dogs. My time was usually spent locked in…

Vietnamese Family Tree Poster and Coloring Sheet

Vietnamese culture places a high value on familial relationship and connection. One of the most obvious ways this value shows itself is through a complex system of titles and pronouns that we…

Interview: Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and a self-described geek. His work is known for its use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia and has been praised in the New York…

Dear Birthmother

Dear Birthmother, In order for me to write this letter, I must envision what it must have been like to be you as a young girl in 1977: twenty years old and…

COMMUNITY

Interview with My-Linh Thai

My-Linh Thai my-linhthai.com What position are you running for? State Representative, position 2 – Legislative District 41 What motivate you to run for this particular position now? I was driving home from…

Interview with Joe Nguyen

Joe Nguyen meetjoenguyen.com What position are you running for? Washington State Senate in the 34th District (Burien, Vashon & Maury Island, West Seattle, White Center) What motivated you to run for this…

Art Exhibition at Tet in Seattle

Call for Artists of Vietnamese heritage! Do you do photography, print-making, paintings, 3-dimensional works, hand-crafts, illustrations, or other artwork? We’d love to highlight your work at the 2017 Art Exhibition at Tet…

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