A N D R E W L A M How my uncle ended up almost exactly where he was three decades ago, repeating the same gestures that turned his life upside down, would be too bizarre to imagine, let alone make up. But since "The Staircase Incident" was written up in the local papers and he was called "mentally disturbed" on the evening news, it demands explanation. First, given his profound losses, Uncle Bay is far from being "disturbed" and is one of the most caring human beings I know. Since he is a devout Buddhist and a vegetarian who volunteers weekends to teach kids math and Vietnamese at the Vinh-Nghiem Buddhist temple in San Jose, the idea that he assaulted someone is absolutely absurd. The security guard fell off the stairs. The guard was not pushed. We have witnesses who can testify on Uncle Bay's behalf. Second, my wife, our daughter, and I were with him when the whole thing happened. As a matter of fact, we were witnesses and participants-- especially my daughter, who, if you come down to it, was his accomplice, if not the instigator of the whole thing. It was Kim-Ninh who skipped
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 28, 2012
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