Hugging mom is unconventional in a traditional Vietnamese family. I write this piece to articulate my thoughts to describe different ways to look at the meanings of hugging. During my writing process, I use a walking meditation as a Buddhist practice to calm my mind so that I can see my true self and a clearer picture of different layers of the act of hugging. I believe hegemonic gender roles and patriarchy happen everywhere in the world, not particularly in Vietnam. I do not plan to devalue my home country’s cultural values in this paper. This is not the purpose of this essay. Writing this piece has been healing for me, and I hope to perhaps provide the children who experience cultural hegemony and violence abuse with opportunities to reflect on existing wounds that await to be healed. I see a powerful shift in my mind when I insert the final question mark at the end of this paper. I truly hope this piece will help readers find their true selves and think about practicing meditation walks on their journeys to find true homes.
Trinh, Ethan (2018) "How Hugging Mom Teaches Me The Meaning of Love and Perhaps Beyond," The Journal of Faith, Education, and Community: Vol. 2 : Iss. 1 , Article 2. Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jfec/vol2/iss1/2.