War

‘War’ in general

My mother and father could not learn because of the Vietnam War. That war spanned Nov 1, 1955 – Apr 30, 1975. My parents were born in the early 1950’s.

They were unable to follow their passions and could not learn fully the English language because of the war. This is horrible when we are all living in the English western world of influence.

They fled to a first world country, Canada, as Boat People refugees back in 1980.

The Vietnam War had the following impacts I feel:

  • Both of my parents did not finish Western post-secondary school and started a family right away working any job that was available to them. Without a degree they could not have the power and freedom of someone with higher education. This is horrible when living In Canada where education is paramount. You should get an education first and spend every nickel and penny to get that education first and also experiences to help you and make friends along the way. Without the full understanding of higher education, people may only focus on getting jobs and careers that are only about money and never explore the vastness of education in a first world country. Education first then money? Or money first? There are loans you can get for education here in Canada. Education and experiences should be first.
  • Even after retiring, my parents became too old to learn more and it was hard to learn with their Vietnamese mindset. My mother still has a hard time with English and my father still is in university trying to finish his bachelors. When I talk to them, they don’t really see “what I am doing and what I have accomplished” I think. For example, people growing up in Asia do not fully grasp the English language as most sentences in Asian languages might have only one meaning rather than 2 or more in English. They might struggle to understand what a native born Canadian English speaker has to say at first. They can not sit in a classroom and do 7 courses a semester because they are older so tired.
  • For me growing up, I had parents who did not have full knowledge of Vietnam culture and history to teach me as they left Vietnam alone young. My parents lived isolated from the Vietnamese community and tried to be independent as much as they could. I had no immediate cousins/aunt/uncle or grandparents in Canada to raise me. I did not understand my culture growing up and was not proud of it because the “bad” Vietnamese stereotypes in media perpetuated and focused on. These bad stereotypes about Vietnamese were believed by other people too. It was horrible times to live in back in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

I am doing finally OK now. The way I overcame all this was to put myself in the field that I liked and met wonderful friends who are more optimistic and positive than me to collaborate with. Now I am a tutor in computers and doing other things that I like.

If you are having a difficult time in life, please try to get away from the negative environment. Put yourself out there and the people you need will find you in-person or even online the Internet. These optimistic positive people are out there. Show yourself and they will find you! You must find and work with these optimistic and positive people all day! Working with these people involves your entire being!

Avoid people who think negative or one way only. You must keep an open mind for positivity. If you encounter anyone thinking negative or one-sided avoid them at all costs! Do not mingle with less positive and less optimistic people!

To avoid negative thinking, I sit alone on my computer in my room with door closed doing what I like talking to like minded individuals all day.

I also try to train my mind to think more. I think about building things to avoid thinking all spaced out and avoid spreading myself so thin. I do not accept the destructive chaos of everyday life and do not accept growing old.