Anh Dang Calgary

I was born and raised in the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. I lived in Singapore for 3 years then moved again to Calgary, my current location. The constant moves and relocation between 3 countries during the first 20 years of my life made me the person that I am today.


I love to travel to see the differences in our cultures and lifestyles. I think our cultural backgrounds play a big part in forming who we are as a person and how we are among a whole. I think the best part about travelling is the chance to immerse into a foreign culture and observe their social interactions and behaviours. The thought that our geographical origins play a part in distinguishing our races and our geographical locations might play a part in defining our social believes is fascinating to me. 

For how much I’ve traveled and the many cities I’ve lived in, Calgary has become home to me. It has that small town feel, yet you still get to live that big city life. I love the random warm smiles I get walking down the streets, the smell of fresh snow, the many colours of fall, the overwhelming beauty or the surrounding nature and the serenity that is of Calgary at night. For international kids like me, we often don’t know where our home is or where we belong to. Not until we get home sick, or get to experience that ‘home sick’ feeling. I was lucky enough to have experienced home sick to realize where home is.

I don’t have a good story for why I chose Calgary as my place of residence. It all started with my Math teacher, who had a daughter that lived in Calgary. She was so wonderfully kind to lend me a hand and a place to stay before moving into residence. And that was that. I came to Calgary not knowing a single person and ended up being the only international student on my floor. At the time, I did not know there was a specific residence for international students (lol). It was a blessing in disguide because little did I know, my future husband was living on that floor.