"Thi Bui, in a search for her own voice, her own place, and her own identity, pursues the truth about her family history and Vietnamese roots. She listens to the stories as much as the silence--and discovers the impact of trauma on her forebears, who then help her imagine a new future. This richly illustrated book challenges stereotypes, humanizes historical events, inspires compassion between generations, and invites us to listen deeply to each other's stories. It is a heartfelt and heartbreaking, beautiful book. "
Lecturer, UCLA Writing Programs
"The Best We Could Do is a story that every student, faculty and staff member can relate to. Thi Bui illustrates the struggles as well as the joys of navigating a mixed identity today."
- Samantha Libraty
4th year, UCLA International Development Studies Major