Category Archives: musings

Remembering my father

  My father died one year ago and I’ve struggled to write about it.  I hear that grief is different for each person; different for each loss. But when the grief is your own and it holds no shape, how … Continue reading

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Echoes

Recently, I noticed something peculiar: I heard my voice echoed in the writing of other women. I heard my personal journey, something that I had learned to hold as sacred and singular, in the stories of other Vietnamese American women … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2018

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. – Heraclitus Vietnam used to feel so far away from my life in the US. Not only is it … Continue reading

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Becoming an American

In light of the recent Executive Order curtailing immigration and refugee resettlement, I am sharing my own story of becoming an American citizen. Coincidentally, it’s been almost exactly 20 years. In 1996 I was a junior at Brown, working towards a … Continue reading

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Parental struggles

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has chimed in from near and far with words of wisdom and encouragement. As always, I am amazed by the strength of my community and the support that you all provide.   It’s been a … Continue reading

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Conversations worth having

A few weeks ago an old college friend, the mother of two young children, reached out to me via Facebook.  She asked me for general parenting advice.  What she got in return was likely more than she bargained for! I … Continue reading

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A story to tell

I wrote this piece in 2013 but haven’t found the right time to share it until now. For months, the refugee crisis in Europe has been worsening; the EU’s response has been divided and inadequate in the face of massive … Continue reading

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