A tale of slight narcissism from yours truly

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Think about all the great moments of your life. Your first kiss. Your first car. Your first job. Your high school prom. Your college graduation. Your wedding day. Your firstborn. The list goes on. We all have those moments where everything seems to be going just right, where you think…

On slowly losing my native tongue and getting it back

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In my 20+ years of living in America, there is one question that I’ve been asked the most, which is, “Were you born here?” Here, the person gestures without gesturing, designates America, or specifically where I live, Oregon. I tell them, “No, I was born in Vietnam.” The person would…

For my mother, the past may be gray, but the future is green

My mom’s growing collection of indoor plants, circa August 2021

Like many millennials, my mom has become a plant parent.

Unlike many millennials, she does not have a YouTube channel or an Instagram account. My mom is a 73-year-old grandmother of seven who dotes on her potted plants with the grace and attentiveness of a new parent. She lives by…

A tale of a scooter ride gone awry

Yes, it really was that beautiful. From our 2012 Hawaii trip.

The first time I went to Hawaii, I felt invincible. I was amongst some of the happiest people in the world, it seemed, and the happiness rubbed off on me. Perhaps it was the sun, or the palm trees, or the endless opportunities for fun; or it could’ve been the…

An alien, a little boy, and a lot of self discovery

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If you’ve ever been the new kid at school, or new in town, then you know the feeling. You don’t know anyone; the social interactions are awkward. You have to learn the local jargon, how people talk and behave with one another, and so many things that you don’t understand…

Hoang Samuelson

I write about the three F’s: food, family and finding your way through life. Based in Portland, OR. More at hoangsamuelson.com

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