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Fall of Saigon, Celebration of Independence

HCMC, Vietnam

sunny 34 °C

We unknowingly arrived in Vietnam on a major holiday – what we later found out to be the reunification of Vietnam/Fall of Saigon… in other words, the end of the Vietnam War. The impact of this war is so intimately tied to us today. My mom fled Vietnam with my dad because of this war. I was conceived in the refugee camp in the Philippines because of this war. My mom later met my stepdad who also fought in the war. Amerikkka bombed Cambodia during this war. The Khmer Rouge was strengthened because of this war. The Vietnamese invaded Cambodia right after this war. Made me think about the trauma that all our families have gone through. When G's family was with us, it was really apparent how the trauma still exists in their everyday life. For example, during a power outage the lights went out and what seemed to be normal or not that scary to me, g and her bro, her parents were really freaked out. Later they shared that that was what happened first during the Khmer Rouge - the lights went out. Over 30yrs later, the trauma still exists and gets triggered. I think of my mom and my stepdad and how the war still impacts how they respond or avoid certain things automatically as a learned coping mechanism for survival. Our families have experienced so many people dying, loud bombings, being torn apart from their family members, etc… All the while having to start over and learn a new language/system, facing discrimination and holding all of this trauma. Sheesh.

Posted by lesbotravels 04:26 Archived in Vietnam Tagged cambodia vietnam holiday family america language rouge saigon war khmer discrimination survival dying celebration trauma

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