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

Fall of South Vietnam

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

Midnight Spy Search

The village where I grew up in Viet Nam during my childhood years was a beautiful place, and the neighbors were always looking out for each other. We were like one big family. There were  other villages around us just like us, but we did not know most of them.  One evening, when I was about five or six years old,  the city official came to our home and told us we needed to evacuate the village because they believed we may have communist …

Posted in 1960's vietnam, 1970's Vietnam, bong son, Fall of South Vietnam, Guerilla Viet Cong, South Vietnam war zone | 1 Comment

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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