Vietnam. The name of the country itself is enough to send Americans into a tailspin of reflection of a brutal war that resulted in more than 2 million casualties. “The American War,” ended April 1975, but disdain for the country and the bad taste it’s left in the mouths of Americans still lingers. I have personal ties to the terrible atrocities that occurred in Southeast Asia as my father took part in the fight and lived to tell the tales. So, in 2015 when I was toying with the idea to move to Vietnam, the response of my friends and family was simply utter confusion.
“Are you getting deployed?” one neighbor asked as if they were stuck in a time capsule. It was laughable but understandable.