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...

Amanda Griffith

Displace Families

Teaching My Children to Appreciate

Summer break had just started and my children are home from schools.  Today I watched them gone shopping and come home with some new summer clothes. How wonderful for them to have such privilege.  I hope they appreciate the opportunity to have it. It reminded me of my first year here in the United States. At fourteen, I came here with nothing brought from Viet Nam for we rushed out of the country on the very day South Viet Nam falls into the hands …

Posted in 1975 Vietnam, Asian Culture, Communist Vietnam, Communists, Departing Vietnam, Displace Families | 4 Comments

My Dad’s Memorial Celebration

It’s time to have a memorial for my father again.  It’s been eight years since he has passed away.  I can still see the tender in his eyes when he looked at me when I come to visit.  All of us siblings and grand children gathered at his grave  after church on Sunday. We say prayers, talk to dad regarding what happened to us for this past year, who’s engaged, get married, have babies, graduation etc… just like when he was still with …

Posted in Americanized Vietnamese, Displace Families, Emigrating to America, vietnamese ancestors, vietnamese culture | 2 Comments

The South Vietnamese Say Goodbye to Vietnam

April 24th, 1975…We were in Sai Gon at my uncle’s house. I saw my mom whisper to my dad asking him to leave Viet Nam because she was afraid he would be killed. My dad refused for he did not want to leave us behind. He would rather die with his family, his country, and his people. April 25th, 1975…My dad discussed with my uncle and finally with sadness they decided to take the family down to Vung Tau to …

Posted in 1970's Vietnam, 1975 Vietnam, April 30, Departing Vietnam, Displace Families, Emigrating to America, Fall of South Vietnam, Goodbye Vietnam, Immigration to America | 1 Comment

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