The Third Chopstick is a memoir about my unique relationship to the Vietnam War. There are three parts to this story. Firstly, I was a passionately engaged protester from 1965 to 1975. Secondly, I first visited Vietnam in 1995 and have continued to do so ever since, sometimes taking tour groups on trips that focus on both Vietnamese culture and the history and after-effects of the war. Thirdly, in 1997, I sought out Vietnam veterans and asked to be allowed to listen to their stories – what I learned has become integral to my emotional experience and cognitive understanding of the war. Obsessed by the topic of the war, I wrote on and off over a period of 22 years, placing pieces of this complex story into different patterns. Ultimately, I settled for a rough chronology as the structure for describing my unflagging interest in this part of our history. For the veterans and the older Vietnamese, those who remember the war, a word or two is usually sufficient to fan the coals of memory into animated discussion. Many people who weren’t directly involved in the war also have their own ‘Vietnam memories’. Ginninderra Press is publishing The Third Chopstick which is due for release in March 2020.