Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Taste of Vietnam

My favorite site to watch online videos is, and among my favorite videos are the ones produced by the folks at The Perennial Plate.  I came across this short video yesterday highlighting some of the sights and tastes of Vietnam as experienced by the filmmakers and thought I'd share it with my readers because it got me reflecting.

When my family left Vietnam, I was still an infant.  Understandably, I have no memory of what life was like there.  Still, I can't help feeling something stir inside me whenever I see images of the place where I was born.  Two of my siblings have since gone back to visit but I've yet to do so.  I will admit that part me is afraid to make the journey myself.  Since the United States is the only home I've ever known, I'm certain I would feel out of place there to a certain degree (despite the fact that for the first time in my life, I'd walk the streets and see myself in the faces of most everyone around me). Still, I don't think my bucket list would be complete without a trip to where it all started for me.


  1. Oh, you must go. I had a similar experience, moving from the home where I was born to distant part of the US. Knew my birthplace from pictures only, no memories of it at all. So once when I was on a business trip nearby, I rented a car and drove several hours for a few-day stay-and-explore visit to this small town in OK. I've never regretted making that trip and satisfying my curiosity about it.

  2. Thanks for sharing the video, Thomas.
    Good luck if you ever decide to visit!

  3. Neither I, nor any of my siblings have been back to Vietnam either. It looks like it would be wonderful to tour the whole country, the food looks so fresh and scrumptious.

  4. I sincerely hope you make that journey. Thank you for sharing the info and video!

  5. Thomas, thanks so much for sharing this part of your life with us. Like the other posters, I do hope you get to make a trip back as an adult to see your birth country. But in the meantime - welcome to America... we are delighted you are here!

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