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A Strange Letter

A Strange Letter L I N H D I N H My name is Linh Dinh and I am American. (At least that's what my passport says.) My wife's name is Diem Bui and she is not. (At least not yet.) We got married on 24 December 2000 in Saigon, the city of my birth. I am American insofar as I read the box scores every morning, eat French fries on a regular basis, know that Buster Keaton is a genius. I am Vietnamese insofar as I have black hair, yellow skin, and a Napoleon complex. A Vietnamese American is a special breed in Viet Nam. Unlike an American American, he is not a total alien. He brings news from the promised land and, sometimes, is even a bridge to it. Soon after our wedding, my wife received a strange letter from a distant cousin, someone she had not seen or talked to for more than a decade. The writer of this letter was a twenty-three-year-old woman: Beloved Diem! How are you? I am so happy for you. You are very lucky. On the occasion of your wedding, I want to send you and your husband my deepest and most sincere http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

A Strange Letter

Manoa , Volume 14 (1) – Apr 1, 2002

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L I N H D I N H My name is Linh Dinh and I am American. (At least that's what my passport says.) My wife's name is Diem Bui and she is not. (At least not yet.) We got married on 24 December 2000 in Saigon, the city of my birth. I am American insofar as I read the box scores every morning, eat French fries on a regular basis, know that Buster Keaton is a genius. I am Vietnamese insofar as I have black hair, yellow skin, and a Napoleon complex. A Vietnamese American is a special breed in Viet Nam. Unlike an American American, he is not a total alien. He brings news from the promised land and, sometimes, is even a bridge to it. Soon after our wedding, my wife received a strange letter from a distant cousin, someone she had not seen or talked to for more than a decade. The writer of this letter was a twenty-three-year-old woman: Beloved Diem! How are you? I am so happy for you. You are very lucky. On the occasion of your wedding, I want to send you and your husband my deepest and most sincere

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Published: Apr 1, 2002

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