Hey! I’m Vietnamese. (viet-nom-ease)
Okay I had to throw in the pronunciation because many people like to say “Vietmamese” but anyways.. let’s start with just a little background information about my family.. My parents are both from Da Nang, Vietnam and came to America when they were younger. My parents have been together for almost 30 years, with my older sister and younger sister completing our family of five. My older sister actually just moved to Texas with her husband and my adorable baby niece. The amount of relatives I seem to meet all around the U.S. is too hard to keep up with so we’ll just stick to my close family circle.
Meet the fam!
Dad, Mr. Lee // Mom, Kim // Big Sis, Laura // Lil Sis, Anastasia or Asia // Baby Niece, Aria
In all honesty, being Asian has its ups and downs.
On a positive note, I feel like it makes me unique. Most Asian households make you learn and know the foreign language growing up, and not many people can say they know another language. I’ve lost much of my knowledge when I went to college, but only because I wasn’t having to speak to anyone that knew Vietnamese. Being at home, my dad only knew that, so I needed to know words to be able to communicate with him. Luckily he’s gained knowledge of English over time.
But the downside to being Asian, or a minority, or foreign, is that most people don’t treat me with respect just because of my nationality. It’s just the world we live in. I’ve learned to live with it. I just wish parents could teach their kids to learn to be kind to everyone and that just because someone doesn’t look like you, doesn’t mean they’re less. Many times at work I’ve noticed someone walk past me just to ask someone else in their skin color for help, or just ignore me when I speak to them. People on social media think all Asians are okay with racial comments, but “Ling-Ling” comes off very offensive from a stranger. And let me not just started on how I was looked at when COVID cases rose in the U.S..
But again, being Asian has it’s ups and down, just like every culture in the world. You just have to live life and accept what happens. I’m very proud of my nationality, and on that note, now I need to go practice on Duolingo some more.
A few random Vietnamese translations and pronunciations:
hello // Xin Chào (sin chow)
thank you // Cảm Ơn (Gahm uhn)
how are you? // *person’s name* khỏe không? (kwair khohm?)
yes // dạ (ya)
no // không (khohm)