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November 6, 2002
My parents told me that my name meant something like “wisdom” or “knowledge.” I grew up believing that. This morning, I went online and searched several Vietnamese-English dictionaries and checked out the definition of my name. Some of the definitions that came up:

whereabouts, a trace
broken, needy
economic, thrifty
to chant prayers, pray
experienced
jubilant

Wisdom didn’t appear. I’ll be the first to admit that my spirit is often broken and needy. I consider myself religious and prayerful. Thrifty? Yes. Experienced and jubilant? Often.

And apparently I can’t find a trace of the alleged definition of my own name.