After Chi ran-away, at age sixteen, American language and values began to dominate Andrew's culturally hybrid identity. His dream manifested themselves in English and Vietnamese wasn't expected to be spoken within his household. Chi's Americanness, which can be seen in her individuality and bending of gender expectations, affected Andrew to the point that he too let his thoughts become preoccupied with own masculinity while trying to forget his Vietnamese roots. His journey to Vietnam is a journey about finding himself through understanding Chi. As his journey progresses so does his understanding of culture and his own self-actualization through his gender. Chi's absence, and later suicide, encouraged Andrew's American assimilation just as his understanding of her revived his cultural roots. For Andrew, Chi connects his dichotomized cultural identity.
At the top of my illustration I drew Chi as she leaves in the middle of the night. She is at the top and center of the drawing because she is central to Andrew's journey. She is the division between the Vietnamese culture and the American culture, however she is also the bridge between the two worlds for Andrew.