My mother gave me a Chan Luu wrap bracelet for my birthday just while I was reading Ru by Kim Thúy. It’s a multistone bracelet and I am able to tell the name of only a few of the semi-precious stones in it. Chan Luu left Vietnam to study economics in Boston, and then became a fashion designer in LA. Kim Thúy left Saigon as a child with her family, they were boat people, they spent some time as refugees in Malaysia, and then settled in Montreal. I left Saigon because I had to go back to the office, the next summer I spent some time in Malaysia then back to office, and Montreal the same one year later.
We are all are going to find a different Vietnam, next time we visit.
I’m always surprised, how we can share places and food and words and wrap bracelets.