An is torn between two worlds, between America and Vietnam. Vietnam his birth place and hometown and America, his home where he belongs. Andrew feels out of place in Vietnam, since by returning to Vietnam Andrew was hoping to see his hometown as it was before where the people and the country was at its best. By returning to Vietnam, An hoped to experience and feel the same warmth and kindness that he so much cherished and remembered after all these years. However, An soon learned that everything he remembered from the past had faded away, and nothing remained from the old days. The country had changed, during his stay in Vietnam An was bombarded with needy people asking him for help because many of Vietnam’s citizens were living below poverty line. People didn’t have jobs and couldn’t live since they had no income to make a living.
While he was in Vietnam, An was disappointed from his trip because everyone and everything around him was not what it used to be. He felt alienated and lost which made him see that everything that he cherished was gone. People were very selfish and only cared about themselves and their happiness. People only cared about money and wealth, nothing else mattered to them. An was surprised to see the prevalence of prostitution and robbery. People were blinded by money that they lost their sense of order and morality to a point where they cheated and robbed not only their friends but family members as well.
An was disappointed and felt sad that everything that he remembered from his childhood had faded away, nothing was left for him to hold onto. During his stay in Vietnam An detached himself from his people and ancestral homeland. The more he stayed there the more he became convinced that he didn’t belong there that he was destined to live in America. That his future was in America, the place he calls home.By Elina