NEBRASKAland June 2016

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34 NEBRASKAland • JUNE 2016 S ometimes when the light is just right and I squint just so, the Missouri River reminds me of Vietnam. The Cái River is wide, and the trees grow thick on both sides like the cottonwoods of the Missouri. I was 18, and I remember my uncles laughing on the boat, drinking their Tiger beer and smoking their cigarettes, teasing my mother as if 16 years had not passed by. South Vietnam in the summer is the most humid place in the world, and on some days, I think Nebraska is its equal in this regard. I was born in Nha Trang in the Khánh Hòa Province, in the general hospital on Yersin Street – just a 5-minute walk from the ocean to the east and a 5-minute taxi ride to the Cái River to the north. From old pictures Where the River Bends Story and photos by Jenny Nguyen In 2014, a group of women prepare to kayak the Missouri River from Sunshine Bottom to Verdel, a 16-mile trip.

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