My Native Tongue

Vietnamese is my second language. I was raised as an American with my grandfather’s culture sparsely scattered upon my childhood. I was fed Vietnamese food, mainly by my paternal grandmother, ba noi, who had a natural talent for cooking but mostly everything else was either completely American or a mixture of Vietnamese and American and […]

A Wedding of All Traditions

Interracial relationships are on the rise. As a young Vietnamese, Buddhist woman, how will you and your American, Christian husband-to-be plan your wedding? There are not enough hours in the day to fulfill every tradition in each others’ books. Which traditional practices are important enough to each of you to keep and which traditions must be let go in order to spare the wedding guests of the agony of a twenty-two hour wedding?