Here Lai’s Our Truth: Civil War

Angeline Vo

Here lai’s the end. This is my last gif for Here Lai’s Our Truth, so I wanted to emphasize an important aspect of My Lai identity, civil war. It started with the Vietnam War and it will end with an internal struggle with self-identity. The My Lai community was, to quote Miss Saigon, born in hell and conceived in strife. Although many people within the community have different backgrounds and upbringing, they share a commonality, the motif of civil war and struggle. I never speak on behalf of my whole community, but I want to highlight the growth and power behind the label My Lai. This label was used to bring the community down, but now it is a title of pride and strength. Our struggles shape us, but do not define us.