Introducing Brandy (Upcoming Book: True to Myself by Amanda Griffith)

Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

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vietnam war

Unwelcome Visitors

I woke up in the middle of the night by the sound of the footsteps outside of my house.  I sat up on my bed trying to listen harder to find out if there were really some one outside.  The scary feeling ran through me and made me just freeze.  After a few minutes I started to cry. That is when my mom came quietly into the room.  She came over and hugged me tight. She whispered to me to …

Posted in 1970's Vietnam, Communism, South Vietnam war zone, Viet Cong Attacks, Viet Cong Guerilllas, Viet Cong Offensive, vietnam war | Leave a comment

High Heeled Sandals

My childhood years, I lived in a far away province, far from the city. My life was very low maintenance. I did not need much. My clothes were simple. I had cotton pants and shirts for daily activity, and a Vietnamese costume (ao dai) for church or special occasions. My oldest sister had been in French school for a few years; therefore, she knew how to sew dresses. That was why I had many different ruffled dresses to wear to …

Posted in 1960's vietnam, vietnam war, vietnamese children, Vietnamese Clothes, Vietnamese Clothing, vietnamese culture, vietnamese families, vietnamese shoes | Leave a comment

Surviving the Vietnam Gunfire

War (chien tranh) was something familiar and near during my childhood years. I could see, hear and feel it. I saw dead bodies carried up my village street. I heard war by the sound of cross gunfire every night, and I felt it when I saw my mom’s hands and body trembling with fear and anger when someone we knew got hurt or was gone. I did not understand most of it but I knew it was not a good …

Posted in Asian Culture, Guerilla Viet Cong, Guns in Vietnam, North Vietnam attacks, South Vietnam war zone, South Vietnamese fighting, Viet Cong, vietnam war | Leave a comment

Vietnamese Easter

Lent season is very important to our lives as catholics, especially Holy Week. I remember my mom always had fresh flowers and new white candles on the shrine where we had a cross of Jesus and statues of mother Mary and St. Joseph. During the Holy Week, we would get up really early in the morning, before the sun was up, before we did anything for the day. My family gathered in the room and recited our rosary. As a …

Posted in asian family life, asian holidays, Easter Story, holiday stories, honoring the dead in asian culture, vietnam war, vietnamese families, vietnamese holidays, Vietnamese traditions | Leave a comment

Raising the Vietnamese Flag

The Summer of 1972,the war became very intense. The communists (viet cong) had taken over the city of Bong Son. Many people had to move, including most of my beloved Thac Da villagers. At this time my family had already moved to Qui Nhon city, but because of school exam, my brother Khoa stayed behind until the evacuation. This caused a lot of worry for my parents. Many years later I met Phung, one of my friends from the village. …

Posted in American Bases, bong son, patriotism, Qui Non, Thai Le's Blog: Child of South Vietnam, vietnam war, War Veterans | 2 Comments

Conversation with a Vietnam Vet

This weekend I spoke with a Vietnam vet at the Writer’s Intensive in Cincinnati. In addition I spoke with an author online last week, also a vet. What struck me was the raw sensitivity they both still possessed to the war and the pain it causes even now in 2010, long after the 1975 abrupt and jagged pull out of American forces as the Northern communists pushed the last leg of their takeover to the China Sea, and southerners scrambled …

Posted in Thai Le's Blog: Child of South Vietnam, Vietnam Vets, vietnam war | 1 Comment

Thai Le’s Memoir

This is the story of Thai Le Nguyen, who grew up in Bong Son during the late 60′s and early 70′s near the LZ English American Army Base. Her story, powerful and poignant, depicts a loving family struggling to provide a normal childhood for six children amidst Communist guerrilla attacks and the rugged, lethal quality of the land itself. From snakes to gory death, the children survived by a blessed good fortune and a mother and father’s determined love. Her …

Posted in 60's, 70's, American Bases, bong son, floods, snakes, Thai Le's Blog: Child of South Vietnam, Vietnam, vietnam war | 1 Comment

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