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August 13, 2019

This story is republished with permission from Kristi Yang.  Though Yang is not of Vietnamese descent, her story resonates with Vietnamese traditions.  Here is her story:

I hated everything about the Hmong culture. I hated attending weddings, gatherings, funerals,...

October 11, 2018

Dear Mom and Dad,

Tomorrow, October 11, 2018 is National Coming Out Day and I encourage the both of you to come out of the closet.

Growing up in Vietnam, I knew I wasn’t comfortable playing soccer or being around “the boys.” I hung out with the girls a little too often a...

December 13, 2017

Vietnamese parents are strict when it comes to education. They have good reasons to be strict when it comes to their kids. Many parents do not want to see their kids go through what they went through as immigrants. They don’t want their kids to know what it feels like...

February 4, 2017

This response was submitted by our reader Paul Vu in response to Chopsticks Alley's Letter

"Dear Vietnamese Moms and Dads, How Did You Fail as Parents?"

Con Ơi,

We are sorry that we failed you! We are sorry that we could not be the parent you desperately wanted us to...

February 2, 2017

Dear Ba Mẹ,

I am writing this letter to you today to express what I’ve always wanted to say to you but never had the courage to do so.

I am very thankful you gave me a roof over my head and food in my belly, but I believe there is more to raising a child than providing f...

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