The young bride readied herself to leave her family’s house forever. Her mother adorned her with blue, white and yellow flowers as the bride looked at her reflection in the mirror, admiring the beautiful silk dress that her grandmother made. A mix of emotions clouded her mind as she fought back tears. When would she see her family again?
In many Asian cultures, family is integral in most parts of life. This is also true in Vietnam where multiple generations often live in the same house. Traditions, customs, and spiritual beliefs are passed down from generation to generation quite fluidly as grandparents, parents, and children live under the same roof.
Lien* quietly rolls up the mat she slept on and steps over her husband and children who are still sleeping. It’s 4:30 am, and like every day, Lien must prepare a meal before she goes to the fields for work at 5:30. She wonders if her husband even remembers stumbling up the stairs last night as she soothed her frightened children to get them to sleep.