Nancy Nguyen presented, “Vietnam: Roots and Leaves,” on February 27 inPeters Hall. She pursued language study during the winter term 2002 in her family’s home country Vietnam. Her outstanding photograph display, which conveys her experience and emotions, attracted many people. She says, “My mission, in a sense, was to understand Vietnam (as much as possible). And although I have realized a lot more, it is all like water to me —— slipping from me by the second. Because to understand Vietnam I have to live here, breathe here, be subject to the trials and witness to the joys that people experience here. I hear stories and am astounded and aghast and tickled, etc. but these are emotions and you can never hold onto emotions very long. So I tried to gather facts. But the facts were so muddled in different other emotions that it was hard to me to separate them. I have decided that I should not try to. The challenge will be to keep everything —– my experiences, my conversations, my thoughts and emotions and everyone elses’ ——— just the way it came to me and to hold onto them for as long as possible in my heart AND in my head” (January 25, 2002). For those who missed her presentation, the display is currently in the library at the Shansi nook.