I am a Vietnamese American woman, and this is my truth: It is not customary practice in Vietnamese culture to force marriages between family relatives, let alone cousins, nor force betrothals between children. Traditional Vietnamese culture is one of the most feminist progressive cultures - we had laws stating that daughters had equal rights to inherit family property as sons, women could own and inherit property as men, and women could keep their family names instead of forcing them to change their surnames to their husbands family’s at the same time that women in Europe were seen as little more than marriage chattel to be sold for their dowries. Miss Saigon doesn’t want you to know about these truths.
I am a Vietnamese American woman, and I would choose to fall in love with a Thuy over an American G.I. any damn day of the week. Miss Saigon doesn’t want you to know about this truth.
I am a Vietnamese American woman. Why don’t you care about my truth? - -NB