English as a Second Language – ESL
Story by Song Lam as told to Joe
I was born in Vietnam. I lived in Vietnam for twenty-six years. In Vietnam I lived
in Soctrang. Soctrang is about the same size as Bellingham. In Soctrang I go to school.
I lived outside the city. I started school in 1962 and went to school until 1967. Then
I went to school in Cambodia for two years. Then I returned to Vietnam in 1969. In 1970
I shaved my hair when I became a Buddhist monk. I went to live in the Chua Swam Rong temple.
My father was a Buddhist. He wanted me to learn about Buddhism. I liked it very much at the
temple. I had to leave the temple to escape communist. I had been at the temple for
five years. I stayed with my mother and took care of her until 1982.
December 4, 1985
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