I’m a 22-year-old Vietnamese-American looking dryly at where I come from and where I’m going.

Where does asadbird come from?

Around my house, I’m known by many names, mostly because my parents couldn’t agree on what to call me.  My mom proposed Hạc Quyên.  Which to my father sounded minorly abhorrent because the first term hạc refers to a bird and he once read a Vietnamese poem about a hạc that’s always lonely and sad and lives in caves by itself or something.  Fortunately(?), I was not christened the name, though I am still affectionately called quyên by my family.

But here’s to reclaiming it!  And giving a good name to all of the sad and lonely birds out there!