We Deserve Better than Miss Saigon

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 MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 14, 2013) — I am a Vietnamese American woman, born and raised in Minnesota. I am friends with some of the protesters of Miss Saigon as well as a few members of the cast and crew of the show – this includes one of my best friends.

At my wedding last year, she played an original song she surprised me with many years ago; she remains the first and only person to ever write me a song. I both love and respect her more than I can say.

I emphasize this so you know I have spent a great deal of time doing my best to listen, understand, and empathize with everyone involved in the Miss Saigon controversy. I have spoken to family members, friends, and acquaintances. I have waited for more people to publicly provide reasoned and contextualized dialogue, but instead I find myself too often presented with opinions that are either too reactionary, therefore preaching only to the choir, or too ignorant, so that it pretty much amounts to trolling. I have spent a lot of time self-reflecting and self-criticizing my own assumptions and motives. I tried to stay mindful and question myself before I questioned others.

Ultimately, I decided it is important to speak up because it is not about my personal hurt, but about our Minnesota communities’ well-being. I hope my perspective contributes to honest self-reflection about any preconceived notions you hold, no matter your views. Read more here.