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

Emigrating to America

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

Mother’s Day Comes after “Black April”

The Vietnamese people fled the country during and after 1975 because of the invasion from the north, so we made the month of April  “Black April”.  No matter where we are in the world, April is a mourning month for us.  The last day of the month: April 30th is the day we all get together at the community where we live to remember, to mourn, pray, appreciate and reflect.  This year is no different;  I came to the site where we have the …

Posted in 1970's Vietnam 1970's, Americanized Vietnamese, Black April, Emigrating to America, Fall of South Vietnam | 1 Comment

Tribute to My Uncle

I want to tribute my uncle who passed away now six years ago. He and my father were close, both in politics, both elected to senate positions but in different cities in Viet nam. All of this was before the Viet Nam War. When my family moved here, my father left his political life behind and devoted himself to family. My uncle, though, moved to California, where there were more Vietnamese people, and became a political activist for South Viet …

Posted in 1960's vietnam, 1970's Vietnam, Americanized Vietnamese, Asian Culture, asian family life, Communism, Communists, death of a family member, death of a father, Departing Vietnam, Emigrating to America | Leave a comment

Thai Describes Her American Education

My son was finalizing details on his project and planning on studying for his tests the next day. I listened to him complain how he will have to stay up late. I told him he needed to go to bed.  This bring back lots of memories for me. When I first came to the United States, I did not speak any English.  My way of  communicating was using  my English/Vietnamese and Vietnamese/English dictionary. My everyday routine  after coming home from school was …

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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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