I want to be a part of 100% Foreign?

I was a soldier in Vietnam, and I have seen many things I wish I hadn’t.

I feel at home here. Most of my family is here, and through the Catholic Church I have a large circle of friends, as well as friends from the Vietnamese community and my work. I want for nothing, and today I feel more at home here than I do in Vietnam.

I have never resorted to tears over the things I have experienced. I was a soldier in Vietnam, and I have seen many things I wish I hadn’t. My life here in Denmark has not always been a bed of roses.

The financial crisis hit my husband and I pretty hard, we owned a restaurant, but we could barely afford to live. I have never cried about my situation.
When I studied HF we did an essay about Hans Christian Andersen. I had to read ”The Little Match Girl”, her pain hit me, and suddenly I started crying. It was like being thrown back to another
time.

Back to the time when I was a young girl who went to school in Laos, which is where I read the story about the little girl who had nothing. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of her, and I don’t know why, it just hits me. I retired two years ago, but just couldn’t cope with sitting at home, so I now work part time in the home service and I love being
able to provide the elderly with the care they need.

My own father is in his late 90s and lives with my sister. It is a huge responsibility to take on when you also have a job and a family to take care of. So
I think that the Danish nursing home system is an excellent solution, it gives freedom to the children and the safety that my sister needs in the daily life.

Thị Minh Châu Nguyễn / 66 years / female / in a relationship / children / København V /
trained engineer / health care worker / from Vietnam /came to Denmark in 1980 / residence permit same year

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