ISSUE 4

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Lời Chào / Greetings for XC4

In the last issue of Xin Chào, I shared a story that began with an experience I had while visiting Việt Nam a few years ago. It was the first time I…

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…