Shout outs to mom and dad

Dearest mother and father,

No fear, you are far from forgotten all these miles away in Saigon.  Instead, I’m lying in a pile of letters addressed specifically to YOU from my quirky students.  Below is a selection of letters, retyped exactly as they were written.  Reading in between the lines of these letters, one can gain a larger insight of the ways that these students view themselves in comparison to the larger world (modernity is very important to them) as well as each student’s unique personality shining through.

Thinking of you (my students are too),



Letters to Mr. and Mrs. Weinfurter!

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Weinfurter,

My name is Ngan.  I am 12 years old and am from Vietnam.  My hobbies are music and games.  I don’t like play sports but I can play badminton.  I play twice a week. I live in Binh Chanh district. It is very far from HCM City. I never go anywhere.  But one day I will go to Japan and Singapore.

I want to visit Japan because I can see beautiful Sakura amd Singapore because I think it is beautiful.  I love HCM city because it is clean and funny and it my hometown where I born when I was baby.

Best Wishes,


Dear Mr. and Mrs. Weinfurter,

My name is Entrest Elizabeth and I’m 14 years old (I’m Miss Andee’s student).

My favorite hobbies are making teddy bears, fix the teddy bears, have a tea party with the teddies unicorn, train the horses and take care for my pets.  I live in District 11, HCMC.

Forever and after, I just want to visit Paris. Because in April 29th, 2009 I dreamed I kissing my idol under the Eiffel Town.  But my brother-in-law, Toni, said “Paris’ll be better if every French get out the Paris” (Sorry but he is very evil, he killed my teddy unicorn, Hannah).

My favorite thing about HCMC is every things is all beautiful in country girl’s eyes like me.  So, whatever, I just love where I live.


Dear Martha and Dan Weinfurter,

My name is April Hollywood.  I’m 12 years old and I’m from Vietnam.  I go to Lac Hong Secondary school.  My favorite hobbies are watching TV, playing computer games, reading books, drawing and listening to music.  My least favorite hobbies are playing the piano, dancing, photography and playing chess.  I would like to visit Singapore because it is a great country.  It is cool and the food is very delicious.  My favorite things about Ho Chi Minh is that it is a beautiful city and it’s modern.

Best Wishes,

April Hollywood.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Weinfurter,

My name is Linh. I’m 14 years old.  My favorite hobbies are reading a book and listening to music and I don’t like any sports.  I live in district 8 in HCMC.  I want  to visit Japan one day.  Because Japan is very beautiful country and has a lot of traditional.  My favorite thing about HCM City is beautiful and big city. I can buy anything in here so I like it.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Weinfurter.

My name is Van. My English name is Tina. I’m 12 years old. My favorite hobbies are chat with friends, listen to music, play computer games, read magazines. My least favorite hobby is read book.  I live in district 6 in HCM City.  A place I want to visit is England because I want to study more at that country. My favorite things about HCM City are there are a lot of shopping centre and a lot of place I can play.  How about you? What are your favorite hobbies?


Dear Martha and Dan Weinfurter,

My name is Billy Roy. I’m 11 years old and I’m from Vietnam.  My hobbies are playing computer games, listening to music, go swimming and watching TV.  I also like studying English and Math and Science.  My favorite things are food, book computers . . . I love to eat, I always go to different restaurants, even different countries. Im not very keen on sport.  When I grow up I want to be a scientist.

Best wishes,


About aweinfur

Learning and Organizational Change graduate student at Northwestern University. Yogi. Happy.
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4 Responses to Shout outs to mom and dad

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  2. Abby Wilder says:

    Is there REALLY a girl named April Hollywood?!

  3. aweinfur says:

    It’s her desired English name! I have a teacher’s assistant who goes by “cali” for California…

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