This design is inspired by a special set of gold bars. Before my mom's family escaped Vietnam, my grandfather used his life’s savings to buy gold bars (a.k.a. taels). When they reached the coast to leave by boat, my grandfather gave each child those taels, and he quietly explained to them, “There’s a chance we’ll be separated and never see each other again. If that happens...use this gold to make a life where ever you end up.”
Their departure eventually led them to refuge in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas—one of four refugee camps that America organized in 1975. The proverb "Ăn quá nhớ kẻ trồng cây" means "when you eat the fruit, remember who planted the tree." We designed the Tael of Tales shirt to honor those who risked the journey to America. May we tell their stories for generations.
Vermillion on white
100% combed ringspun cotton fine jersey
SIZE & FIT
Model's height: 4'10"
Model is wearing: Medium
Every order is screen printed by hand, and your actual shirt may not be exactly as shown in the photo. This design is printed with water based ink because we want shirts to have a soft hand feel.
Last but not least, we would be honored to know your stories—please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.