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

Asian Culture

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

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

July 4th, Freedom in America, but Still no Freedom for Vietnam

We are celebrating Fourth of July.  Independence and freedom are something that every human being wishes to have but not everyone gets them.  Many people have to sacrifice everything.  And I am thinking of mypeople…of how many decades have gone by and how many lives have died for “Independence and Freedom”? Yet, my people, my country is still not able to call what we are having in Viet Nam freedom.Happy 4th of July!Thai Le http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/index-1945.html I found this information about …

Posted in Asian Culture, asian family life, Communist Vietnam, Communists, deceit of North Vietnamese, patriotism, Post War Vietnam, postwar Vietnam, South Vietnam Culture, South Vietnam war, South Vietnamese protest, Thai Le's Blog: Child of South Vietnam, vietnam government, vietnam laws, vietnam legal system, Vietnam Politics, Vietnam Today, vietnam traditions, Vietnamese traditions, vietnamese underground movement | Tagged , , , , | 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

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