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In Praise Of Vietnamese People

Everybody 40 years ago today South Vietnam fell to the North Vietnamese. Our 15 year war ended. I spent time at Da Nang in 1971. I thought that Vietnam was a beautiful yet frightening country. I was afraid, as you can imagine. I never left the base and went to town and mingled with Vietnamese people.

Some 25 years later I found myself living in the Inn Visions homeless shelter on Montgomery Street in San Jose. Food was all right six days a week. Saturday night was always a special treat. A large contingent of Vietnamese people would show up and feed us a wonderful gourmet dinner of Vietnamese food. They were always so kind and encouraging. I have never forgotten their kindness to me.


About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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