Lunar New Year Highlights Vietnamese Heritage

Anh Lê

To the Editors:

My son, Minh-Jeffrey Lê, attends Oberlin College, and was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.

I arrived in the United States as a young immigrant child, and grew up mostly in Michigan, and regard myself proudly as a “Midwesterner” and a Vietnamese American.

To celebrate the “Tết” Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Asian Lunar New Year), and to welcome the New Spring Season “mùa xuân,” I attended the wonderful “Tết” Festival held in San Francisco recently. It featured beautiful Vietnamese music and delicious Vietnamese foods.

Since the end of the war in Vietnam in 1975, the Vietnamese American communities throughout the United States have emerged as a vibrant and increasingly prominent group in our nation.

This year’s “Tết” Festival in San Francisco is evidence of both the power and vitality of the Vietnamese American communities in our midst and our pride in our heritage as Vietnamese Americans in the new American society.

My family and I send our warmest wishes to everyone at Oberlin College and all the people of Oberlin, Ohio.

“Chúc mừng năm mới!” (“Happy New Year!”)

–Anh Lê

Oberlin parent