On Tuesday, June 15th, 2004, ten students and two teachers from St. Xavier High School went on a mission trip to the Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Their mission:
To detach from ourselves and attach to the communities we will be living in and serving to better learn about ourselves through others.
All twelve participants kept small, blue journals throughout their trip. This is the journal of Minh Nguyễn. Each entry has been cleaned up, with any abbreviations expanded and some grammatical mistakes corrected.
Some parts of the journal have been omitted; they may find their way here at a later time. What is here is presented exactly as written, providing for the corrections noted above.