Part I: "Saigon"
Tet is the first day of the lunar calendar. This year, 1975, is the Year of the Cat, and on Tet, everyone eats delectable treats and wears new clothes. Mother says that the way the children act today foretells the way things will be for the whole year, which is important, especially now. The Americans have just left Vietnam, and the war is coming ever closer to their home in Saigon.
Kim Ha is ten, and is learning embroidery and fractions. Her strong spirit is a little bit rebellious, and she loves the papaya tree which grows in the backyard...
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