War rends the fabric of humanity in a way few of us can imagine. Immigrants from war torn areas enter their new countries for a new life but cannot erase the slate that forms the books of their lives. Incoming individuals accept the challenges of new lives, new cultures, new languages, new value systems, and new dreams. They work until their backs are bowed and we who have not walked in their shoes see only the strength, the commitment to liberty, life and the pursuit of happiness. We regale the energy and renewal they bring to our society. Beyond the pages we see of their lives today is a back story of family triumphs and tragedies, of hopes, dreams, failures, and determination.
In the Eleventh Orchid, John Malch brings us the story of one such family from Vietnam. His family. Told through the souls, dignity, and hearts of the players, the reader is allowed a peek at the emergence of the tools that may be used to mend the tapestry torn asunder by wars and politics.
The following memoirs about the Le Tien family was recalled by Le Tien’s eleventh child from her memory and stories told by her mother, relatives and friends. This book of memoirs was written to retain memories and profiles as proofs for the family’s tradition of culture and kindness. Reading the book will allow all the family’s descendants to access and learn more about their tradition and origin, resulting in helpful lessons which can be applied to everyday life.
It is the same for all times, building a family always needs: heart, self-reliance, knowledge, talent and dignity.