Grandpa’s notebook

Lam Thuy Vo
4 min readJul 2, 2021

A makeshift dictionary that my grandfather used to learn English became a way for me to understand how he marveled at a new world.

A self-made dictionary my grandfather made in the 1990s while learning English

My grandfather’s notebook is a collection of papers held together by decades-old glue. It is bound in adorned, emerald-green plastic that will last for at least one hundred years. The paper holding the contents of this booklet, however, is fragile, thin, and yellowing on the fringes.

Lam Thuy Vo

Journalist. German-born Vietnamese nomad who tells stories using data, visuals & words