In our Lunar New Year greeting, VTP directed readers to one possible explanation of why other cultures celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, while Vietnam celebrates the Year of the Cat. Not satisfied with this explanation alone, Lana decided to fill readers in on the rest of the narrative. Happy Year of the Cat! No, sorry, I meant rabbit. Just kidding, cat it was. … [Read more...] about Mao or Meow: The Story Behind the Year of the Cat
“I’m afraid that my child won’t understand the culture (s)he came from.” This is one of the main concerns I’ve heard from parents since I started working with OneVietnam Network. We’re reaching the era of 2nd generation Vietnamese Americans—those who were born here and have never stepped foot in their homeland. I’ve always believed that the best way to experience culture is … [Read more...] about Giving Experience: Should the Vietnamese Diaspora Community take a page from Birthright Israel?
I was about twenty years old before I finally noticed a strange old mirror hanging above the doorway of my parents’ home. It was cheap looking. It was just a piece of wood cut into an octagon with a mirror in the middle covered with cheap paint. My parents have such a beautiful home. Only a few years before they had not only remodeled but rebuilt the house from the bottom up, … [Read more...] about The Bagua Mirror
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 so the term “Vietnamese-American” really … [Read more...] about My Native Tongue
Young Vietnamese-Americans today have an expectation from their parents and grandparents to embrace their Vietnamese culture and pass it on to their own children. There are many traditions which may never die out such as passing out red envelopes for good luck during Tet every year. On the April 29, 2010 OneVietnam published the article “What’s the Big Deal with Vietnamese … [Read more...] about A Wedding of All Traditions