San Jose, CA.
Are you [insert East Asian ethnicity] I never got Vietnamese. Looking back, people may have responded that way based on my features or because they had never seen enough Vietnamese girls to make an educated guess. I used to be flattered by people thinking I was not Vietnamese because I didn’t want to embrace my roots; I didn’t think being Vietnamese was “interesting” enough compared to other Asians. Now, I fully embrace my culture, the culture that my parents brought to America as refugees in a post-war torn country.