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Quy, a Hue Rider

by nate on October 12, 2009

Quy, displaying his scar from harvesting rice.

Quy, displaying his scar from harvesting rice.

We met Quy (pronounced “Quee”) one night while eating dinner at a small, local place. We seated ourselves next to some barefoot drunk guys from Scotland who in the course of 30 minutes, had drunkenly fallen on Becca, kicked a cement block and were leaving trails of blood, and pissed off everyone in the establishment. They left, and became a great conversation for the surrounding tables. Quy introduced himself with an contagious smile and good english, and 3 beers, and a few shots of rice wine later, we knew his story.

Quy’s family was divided during the Vietnam War days. His two uncles fought for the South, and his father fought for the North. Quy’s father survived the gruesome war, but not without being exposed to chemicals like Agent Orange. Instead of returning home, he remained up north for years, rarely speaking with his family. He finally returned to Hue to reunite with his family and heal.
Quy’s grandmother wanted a grandchild, but the birth defects of Agent Orange are so aweful, that he refused for 20 worrisome years until finally marrying his neighbor. They had a boy, and named him Que, meaning “precious” because he was healthy and perfect. He eventually gained two sisters.

Quy’s father died a few years ago, and he had to drop out of school to support his family and build his father’s tomb. He is now part of Hue Riders, a tour organization, which we took for a two day journey to Nha Trang. ┬áHe is also married and expecting his second child in the next week. An amazing person full of optimism and spirit.

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