Tam Nguyen’s Story (1959-Current); retold by his daughter Chrystal Nguyen In 1975, the capital of Vietnam fell to the communist Northern Vietnamese Army. In 1978, thousands of Vietnamese citizens began risking their lives to escape
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAA,” my mother screamed! My sister and I, then school age, ran down the steps of our shared house seeing the back of our father as he ran out of the front entry-way. Left, right,
“Sigue empujando Chava!” Keep pushing, she yells at her cousin, Chava. Having snuck into the neighbor’s yard, they had taken two juicy watermelons by rolling and pushing them along. The neighbor spots them and yells.
The definition of the word resilience is having the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Over the course of my life I’ve had the pleasure to witness the growth of my cousin Sterling who overcame
I didn’t grow up here. I’m from Illinois, from a town around St. Louis you’ve never heard of. But my dad was born in Hollywood, and I always wanted to know why. Years ago,
The Academy Awards were on and she had just put me to bed. My mom flopped down onto the couch, exhausted from the few days she had been with me alone since my dad had
“I found them!! The anticipation was killing me. ” My father’s eyes were wide with excitement like I had never seen before. It was a rare occasion. It had been a few years since the
What is a spiritual practice? Spirituality is a common thread that allows different orientations to thrive in 12-step programs that require a belief in a Higher Power, as a person understands. What is God or
If you walk up and down Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, you’ll pass by several independent bookstores, gift shops, and children’s clothing shops, all of which stock lots of books for children. In contrast, if you
Living in East Oakland is like having a close relationship with a problematic relative. You can call your auntie “crazy,” because she’s your auntie, but you can’t let anyone outside the family call her crazy.