EFNIKS: Diaspora

My piece for the December issue of EFNIKS, on the theme of Diaspora, explored the ways my family’s experience with displacement has affected my identity as a queer Vietnamese-American.

Excerpt: My family was born in Vietnam: my mother in Saigon and my father in a rural village whose nearest city was Nha Trang, the capital of Khánh Hòa Province in the southeast region of the country. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, both my parents’ fathers were jailed, catalyzing a post-war displacement that landed my parents in Morgan City, Louisiana, where my sister and I were born amidst the familiar humidity of another country’s South.”

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