I was 10 years old when my parents decided I should visit Vietnam for the first time.
After all, both mom and dad fled Vietnam as teenage refugees in 1975, their families fearful of what the country might become as it fell to communism.
With only Vietnam War movies and other Western-centric portrayals to inform my expectations, I was memorably reluctant.
Even the Vietnamese flag emoji is a trigger.
For many Asian Americans, but particularly Vietnamese Americans, returning to the “homeland” is a convoluted topic.