I want to be from a country where it’s not considered incredibly cocky to be proud of where you’re from. The number of Vietnamese or Lao flags waving and the countless pictures of the king of Thailand are encouraged, and yet I feel like American pride is constantly being mocked.
But then I take an exhausting seven day tour from Hanoi to Hoi An, and I think I get it. What were we doing, and who possibly thought it was a good idea? They call it the American War here, and they’re still working on cleaning up the stupid mess we made.