Searching for the Lost Eden

Hoàng Linh 

In summer 1988, Mr. “easy-to-sob” Thao arrived in the Promised Land, the United States, at the age that was long past his “self-established” thirty. In those early days, when he went to church to attend a Sunday Mass, the tough, old, female gossip mongers often glanced at his wrinkled pants and sarcastically mocked,” Look at this filthy fellow, he appears to be educated! But at his age, his having neither a house, a degree, nor a job… makes him suitable only to […]

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FLOWING FIELD

The villagers hear the news of Inh giving birth. The news spreads fast as lightning. Hundreds of people gather at the ramshackle house by the pond. This is one of the three homes situated on the high ground. Surrounding the house is the land with the moss so thick no one can see a brick. The house has been like that for several generations. Just glancing at it, one can see the life without the competition with time. It’s here where the baby is […]

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The Liberty-Entrenched Nationalist Flag versus the Legally-Recognized Communist Flag and the Issue of Rebuilding Vietnam

The Liberty-Entrenched Nationalist Flag versus the Legally-Recognized Communist Flag and the Issue of Rebuilding Vietnam – Discourse by Lloyd Duong (Dương Thành Lợi) – ‘Before 1975, the nationalist flag represents more than just the system of government in South Vietnam. It also epitomizes a way of life whereby the values of family cohesiveness are highly regarded and a society with cultural ideals that encompass a special emphasis on spirituality, education and humanism. After 1975, the nationalist flag has accomplished an even more powerful role […]

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Assimilation versus Integration and the Vietnamese Youth’s Identity

Author’s note of caution: This speech is presented from an attorney’s perspective with reference to several researches, but itself is not an in-depth study of the subject under discussion.  Therefore, the opinion expressed herein could be skewed by individual experience despite the author’s awareness of possible personal biases and constant attempt to advance an objective view on relevant issues. The future of every nation belongs to its youth.  Young people are the ones who will define tomorrow’s prospects.  But before young people can undertake […]

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My Quiet Husband

After the global war that was started by regional maritime disputes, some governments including ours declared victory loudly with glorious parades. Unfortunately, regular folks like us on both sides suffered huge and unbearable losses. Half of the people in this city were blown up by the big blast while many of the other half still suffered radies. Yeah, radies (and not rabies) was what we commonly referred to the multiple radioactive illnesses caused by the big blast – another term we used to call […]

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