Growing up Interracial in Vietnam: a narrative and meal
Join us as Juliette Triozon-Thomas, one of our very own members, reads from her hopefully soon to be released book about growing up interracial in Vietnam and then share a meal of Vietnamese cuisine at a favourite Vietnamese restaurant.
"I was born in Protected content Saïgon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam from a North Vietnamese mother and a French father.
My family kept on telling me that I was “special” and “different” from my cousins and all the other kids. It was difficult for me to understand because I didn’t grasp the difference but when I went to school, I felt the difference. I went to a French school, a private one, and there the majority was not like my cousins and Vietnamese family, they were white and looked more like my father. That was a revelation : “I was neither…nor”. "
A bit of History:
French colonialism in Vietnam lasted more than six decades. By the late Protected content France controlled Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which it referred to as Indochine Francais (French Indochina). Indochina became one of France's most lucrative colonial possessions.
The French controlled Indochina for 67 years
France progressively carved for itself a huge colony, which would form French Indochina in Protected content . France continued to rule Vietnam as a colony until France's defeat in the First Indochina War and the proclamation of Vietnam's independence in Protected content .
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Charalee & Julie
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