Another poem: Vietglish

My brother described himself as a ‘cultural cocktail’, a description that I loved. It got me thinking, and those thoughts turned into this poem.

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The Vietnamese American Identity, by Nghia Le


If you have talked to me in the last 2-3 years you may have noticed that I have been in 1) an identity development overload and 2) a continuous reflective state. I guess they go hand in hand a bit. The VIA-1 theme “Bridging Identities” and this past UNAVSA-12 staff retreat has got me thinking about my Vietnamese American identity and why it has been important for me to continue to reflect on all pieces of that identity and why I think it is important for all of us to as well.

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The Garbage People – Lives Not Wasted

dsc_0045This is a piece of writing I did about the truly amazing people that I work with in Vietnam. It is rough, organic and inexperienced which is precisely why I didn’t want to edit it. I have a come a long way since writing this article, but I hope that you will be able to connect with it on some level.

“The authorities here call our community members “garbage people” because we try to save them from life on the dumpsites. But it is an ongoing battle. This afternoon, I visited the site.

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