Lil PSY from Gangnam Style has been getting hate messages from online bullies when it was revealed that his mother is Vietnamese. We decided to write Lil PSY a Lil Letter to let him know we’re on his side.
Hey Lil Psy – aka Hwang Min-woo – we know people have been saying a lot of nasty things about your Vietnamese heritage. They made you feel inferior and ashamed. We’re here to tell you they couldn’t be more wrong.
The truth is, you are lucky to be born into two great cultures. You know about Korea, but let me tell you about Vietnam. We are a resilient people with one of the longest continuous histories in the world that traces back 20,000 years ago. Today, Vietnamese people are great contributors around the world. Like who? There’s Duy Loan Le, who owns 24 patents, Khoi Vinh, who was the Art Director of the New York Times, Charles Phan, a James Beard winning chef with a restaurant empire, and Chinh Chu, a private equity billionaire and philanthropist. The list goes on.
But your Vietnamese heritage comes with more than just big names and celebrity cohorts. Being Vietnamese means you’re a part of a culture that values family above all else, that embraces education, and that knows how to survive in tough times.
Wear your heritage proud. We hope you’ll one day get a chance to explore your Vietnamese roots. Until then, find your Vietnamese mother and give her a hug. And, hey, don’t forget to call her “me”.