vietnamese

Origins of Self

 

Project in progress...

A recent trip my parents took to the homeland, Vietnam had induced an epiphany in me. If I were to return to Vietnam, would I enjoy it? Of course I would appreciate it, but to have a culture shock from my own culture... 

I have become shameful of the lack of attention I've given to my own culture. Growing up my parents spoke Vietnamese in the household. They were still learning English. They encouraged us to learn english and adapt to the American culture in order to find a job when we get older. As time passed, my parent's English had improved greatly and my knowledge of Vietnamese had declined. 

Today when I speak to my parents, they speak to me in Vietnamese and I respond to them in half Vietnamese, half English. Sometimes we struggle to communicate. My parents have never complained about this but I know this is not something to be proud of. 

This is a project in hopes of reconnecting with my culture. My first step was addressing everything I do know; things I grew up with. I listed the foods, traditions, and memories that my parents have given me. My next step is to research, study, and document. 

Stay tuned...