UPDATE: Khiem will be attending Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts starting in Fall 2013. In June 2013, I will visit Vietnam again and get everything lined up. Way to go Khiem!
Meeting Khiem was a miracle, no question about it. I had contacted my LDS church in Vietnam prior to arriving in their nation, hoping to attend church with fellow Vietnamese members. It was through a series of complex connections that someone gave me Khiem’s email. During the course of my Semester at Sea program I kept in contact with Khiem, surprised that he knew some English despite living in a country with limited Deaf education.
After church, we made our way to downtown Ho Chi Minh City and met Khiem in the center of a round-about next to an enormous statue. It was evening but we still had plenty of light left. We crossed the street, Khiem walked…
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