Kim’s father was forced to escape to the United States from Vietnam, in the wake of the war. He located his family and brought them to Minnesota. Kim shares her love for her father and wonders whether the stigma about hepatitis B in the Vietnamese community prevented him from telling the family and seeking medical care earlier. She celebrates his gentle spirit, and suggests that access to culturally and linguistically appropriate resources could have prevented his death from liver cancer.
Kim's story is available in English and Vietnamese.