26 September 2014
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"When I first met her, she was dating another guy. He didn’t like me talking to her, so he waited for me outside of class one day and beat me up. But I didn’t give up on her. I started biking and swimming and learning to box. I got skinnier than you are. Then the next time I saw him, he came over to me and said: ‘You want another round?’ And I said: ‘This will be the last round!’ Then I knocked him out in two punches."

(Mexico City, Mexico)

25 September 2014
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"I have a Masters in history, a Masters in anthropology, and a PhD in education."
"What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?"
"My personality."

(Mexico City, Mexico)

25 September 2014
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"During my first two years of college, I studied with people who didn’t have very high goals. I was the hardest worker in the group and everyone was always asking me for help, so I felt like I was ahead of where I should be. During my last two years, I moved into more advanced classes, and suddenly I was studying with people who had higher goals than me. They pressured me to study much harder, but it was too late. When I graduated, I missed having an ‘excellent’ rating by .04 points."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

25 September 2014
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"He found me and my son on New Year’s Eve, sleeping in a construction site. We’d been forced out on the street after my husband abandoned us. He said: ‘You shouldn’t live like this, come home with me.’ He let us live with him for months, and he never asked me for a thing, and he very good to my son. Sometimes I’d come home and find him carrying my son on his shoulders. After a few months, we developed romantic feelings for each other."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

25 September 2014
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Today in microfashion…

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

25 September 2014
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After I took the photo, my translator sat next to her on the bench, while I sat on the ground. The woman motioned for me to sit on the bench. Since there was barely any room, I declined. But she insisted. I declined again. But she insisted again, so I finally squeezed into the empty spot. Then she groaned and said: “He’s got a huge ass.”

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

24 September 2014
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"What’s your biggest fear?"
"Being alone."
"When did you feel most alone?"
"On weekend nights in college, sometimes I’d sit by myself in the corner of my dorm room with nothing but a little light on, while all my friends went out."
"Why didn’t you go out with them?"
"It’s hard to say."

(Hanoi, Vietnam)

24 September 2014
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"What’s your favorite thing about your mom?"
"She’s hardworking."
"In what way is she hardworking?" 
"She cooks food for her business all day. Then she comes home and cooks food for us."

(Hanoi, Vietnam)

24 September 2014
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I need to interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to announce that Little Humans is coming out in TWO WEEKS. I was going to wait until I got home to start banging that drum, but my agent emailed me that my publisher is “freaking out a bit” that I haven’t mentioned it in so long. So allow me to announce that LITTLE HUMANS IS GOING TO BE THE GREATEST KIDS BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. 

According to Publisher’s Weekly, “the vivid collection underscores both the diversity and commonality among children, and may well inspire readers to imagine the lives and stories behind each child.” Kirkus Reviews says the photographs are “so striking” and bring such “large delight,” that you won’t notice the text is a “little platitudinous.” (Let’s be honest— we don’t know what ‘platitudinous’ means, and neither do your kids. And anyone who uses that word is not getting invited to our birthday parties.)

But in 100% seriousness, I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks because me, my girlfriend, my dog, my mom, my friends, my editor, and everyone involved in Little Humans thinks that this book came out perfect. It was really a labor of love. So I’m looking forward to seeing if you, your girlfriend, your dog, your mom, your friends, your editor, and your kids love Little Humans as much as we do. 

If you’re planning on getting the book anyway, you can help my publisher get some sleep by preordering now. The book will ship on October 7th:

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/WPMamU
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1eawvWE
INDIEBOUND: http://bit.ly/1zA0Sw6

24 September 2014
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"After my son was born, there was a period of several months when I couldn’t find a job. I looked everywhere. My mind was a mess. I felt angry toward everything. The lowest point was when my son got diagnosed with malnutrition. I hated myself."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

23 September 2014
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"Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?"
"The first time I kissed her."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

23 September 2014
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"The new recruits had to walk in front."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

23 September 2014
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"My father was in charge of land and forest management for the government of our area. Many men in similar positions grew quite rich, because it was an easy position to abuse. But my father never accepted any bribes. He lived a very simple life and wore the same three suits until the day he died. I still keep those suits to remember him."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

23 September 2014
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"Whenever my parents got mad, my sisters and I would climb into the branches of a tree behind our house. We’d play games up there and weave the leaves into our hair. Now whenever I have a bad customer or I’m getting yelled at by the boss, I try to imagine that tree."

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

23 September 2014
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Seen in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam

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