"Given the current debates about representation in literature, I find myself reflecting on how I have always preferred books to be windows rather than mirrors. I was a voracious reader from a young age but growing up I didn’t particularly yearn for stories about what it meant to be Vietnamese – especially in Australia – because I was already drowning in the experience of it."
The restaurant and this building I was about to go into for the last time was where I learned to walk. It was where I learned to talk. And now I had to say goodbye. 
As a settler, and someone whose familial and ancestral history is also tied to histories of displacement, understanding and living on Indigenous land is a political commitment that is just as important as understanding my fractured relationship to my family’s homeland of Vietnam.
Đưa đồng bào của ông tham gia vào Thống Kê Dân Số là sự mở rộng đương nhiên trong công việc phục vụ cộng đồng của cha tôi - để đảm bảo người Việt được đại diện trong bức chân dung tự họa của Hoa Kỳ.
So, how do you start loving yourself? When the outside world continues to show you and tell you wherever you go, you don’t belong.
For us, more than anything, "The Republic of Vietnam" is a primer and a demand for a more comprehensive, Vietnamese-written works of history.