By Hai Lua

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10884$ $CH1 12-02-04 14:58:00 PS PAGE 8 9 The Village, Chelsea, and Over the 59th Street Bridge his candy store when for reasons of health he had to get out of entertainment. She fancied herself a show-biz person. Her specialty was singing offkey with gusto. One day it was time to go on The Great Trek. Infant brother Jerry was put in a dresser drawer padded with pillows and blankets to join us in a convoy of two cars and one truck that proceeded to 59th Street, over the bridge crossing the East River to Astoria, and on to our new digs in Woodside, Queens, just two blocks south of Queens Boulevard on 69th Street.

There was no mention of neighbors using the war to grab the back forty of someone else, but it would be surprising if that were not the case. Little people don’t concern themselves with big politics, but they do care about property lines. My father was happily oblivious to most of this when he died an American patriot in 1985. Except for one visit I made to his homeland, everything I know about his youth came from conversations with Dad. He had little notion of a broader context of his time and place.

I nodded. A. A. He did what I expected. He shook his head as though there was a death in the family. When I was a teacher in Baldwin in 1958, his reaction was: ‘‘No money in it. ’’ Three years later I told him I was going back to the Army. ’’ ‘‘Right. I’m going back. ’’ ‘‘I liked being with men. It’s like being with good guys in a bar, or fishing, or on the job. ’’ ‘‘You want to be in another war? I don’t get it. You’re a teacher. ’’ The picture of ‘‘my son the teacher’’ had grown on him. Now something else.

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