I was born in Viet Nam and adopted to the United States. I was one of thousands of orphans from the Viet Nam War, a diaspora of individuals who live in various countries around the world. I grew up in New Mexico, fortunate to be immersed in rich, Native American and Latino cultures despite being Asian and adopted into a white family. For the past twenty years I have lived in Colorado, migrating there after my first return trip to Viet Nam in 1996.
I first started writing in elementary school, using the opportunity to draft stories during Sustained Silent Writing (S.S.W.). While many of these first stories were fiction, guided by a squiggly black sharpie metamorphosed into a drawing, I found the exercise rewarding on many levels. First, it allowed me to be creative artistically and linguistically. Second, it gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a craft that came easy for me and gave me a voice I would not otherwise have.
The work on this site is probably more creative than it is analytical, but I tend to blur the lines a bit and crossover between styles, depending on the topic and my inspiration at the moment. What I have found, however, is that each of these approaches serves to create a dialogue around these issues, whether related to adoption, education, identity, or philosophical analysis of….whatever. I encourage questions, observations, and comments that come from a space of personal or collective exploration.
While my experiences are emphasized on this site, it would be remiss not to give a nod to my higher education, which I acquired over the space of 17 years. I have a B.A. in English Literature and International Studies, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing, an M.A. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and a Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction).
In my free time, I enjoy a happy, fun-filled life with my husband and three children. I am an avid home-remodeler and will shortly launch a blog (Mostly Square) detailing the destruction and redevelopment of nearly every space in my home. Like everything in my life, it’s a work-in-progress.
Photo taken by Anh Dao Kolbe from her Viet Nam War Adoptee Portrait Series, "Misplaced Baggage"Follow Me: