Loi Trinh Le.
As I dream of Việt Nam in anticipation of my return, I dream also of the love that turned me towards the East. As with most love stories, people get involved and shape the narrative. My compass, my guide, my mentor and inspiration in this love was Loi Trinh Le.
We called her Trinh. A diminutive but imposing woman, she was a highly gifted acupuncturist with numerous celebrity patients thrown in for good measure. But everyone had to find her modest house in Culver City for treatments. Trinh navigated me through life’s challenges, imposing Buddhist tough love when necessary and then countering with a warmth of abounding compassion.