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Childhood Dreams Part 1 – Traveling in the Orange County

posted by Mimi 19. October 2014 10 Comments

I was 14 or 15 when I began to dream about a life in California. My longings and dreams for the far off country were certainly strongly dominated by the US-American film industry. A majority of popular films and series that adolescents and adults consume nowadays are being produced indisputably in the States. I believe that everyone who watches every…

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Childhood Dreams – Part 2: “First Days in the O.C. & Laguna Beach”

posted by Mimi 18. October 2014 15 Comments

Click here to read Part 1 Arrival and First Get-Together with the Old Vietnamese Friends of My Father The jetlag is hardly noticeable when we arrive at 06:10 pm at the Los Angeles airport. Excitement and euphoria describe much more our state of mind; afterwards they turn into thrilled speechlessness and overpowering. Finally, we stand after 17 hours of flight…

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Couchsurfer Meetings in the Orange County
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Childhood Dreams – Part 3: “Couchsurfer Meetings in the Orange County”

posted by Mimi 17. October 2014 22 Comments

Click here to read part 1 Click here to read part 2 The Benefits of Couchsurfing It is nearly impossible to develop a personal opinion about the cultural identity of a country without coming into closer contact with the locals. On this account, it was clear for me from the beginning that I would set out on a couchsurfing adventure…

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Vietnam Part II: Interview with Human Rights Activist Vo Dai Ton

posted by Mimi 15. July 2013 2 Comments

Little remark: Everything that is depicted here is based on an experience report of a Vietnamese human rights activist who has witnessed the Vietnam war and the fatal consequences firsthand. “[…] I will not fight against the Vietnamese Communist regime using their methods – retaliation and violence. I do not fight with hatred, or with a feeling of revenge. I…

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Vietnam Part I: From a Free Country to a Huge Prison (My Family’s Story)

posted by Mimi 9. July 2013 19 Comments

Little remark: Everything that is depicted here is based on experience reports of my parents. In a war, there are no winners, only losers. The Saddest Day in Vietnam’s History: “Black April”, 1975 I can see the bitterness in the eyes of my parents, whenever they are talking about the darkest day in the history of Vietnam. It was April,…

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7 Things That Remind Me of Childhood…

posted by Mimi 14. February 2013 134 Comments

When growing older, it always seems to be getting harder to recollect personal memories of one’s childhood. The more it makes me happy, when I see something that reminds me strongly of my past. Then, my brain becomes sort of a mindmap, connecting images with each other, recreating things that seemed to be forgotten. And then I just smile in…

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