Too Long; Didn't Read
I am born in 2002, a Vietnamese Gen-Z who grew up in an age of digital transformation.
As a child fortunate enough to be born after our country’s independence, I learned about my country’s history through textbooks in history classes, through my grandparents’ tales of their memories, through visiting memorials that are just a few blocks away from my current home and observing the architectural remnants of the war in the corners my little Hanoi.
In grade 5, I fell in love with the short story “The Paper Cranes” about Sasaki, a girl impacted by the radioactivity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing who spent the last days of her life folding paper cranes on her hospital bed. At that point, most of my knowledge and interaction with war came from a combination of paper textbooks and physical monuments in my city.