May 1, 2018

From our president, Tung Nguyen:

After the emotions of 4/30, I crashed last night. Woke up this morning, and the question that popped up in my head was, if it wasn't for all that suffering for everyone, I wouldn't be here, the person I am, with family and friends that I love. Most of the young Vietnamese Americans I know would not even exist if it weren't for the end of the War throwing their parents together.

All those time travel stories? How come they are never about successful refugees traveling back in time with a chance to save everyone but then losing everything they now have in the process? If I could have killed Hitler, I would, but would I, if in the process my children don't exist?

I don't know whether that is survivor guilt, glass half full, or genuine puzzlement at how to understand life.