…An emergence of consciousness
“Nobody gives way to anybody. Everyone just angles, points, dives directly toward his
destination, pretending it is an all-or-nothing gamble. People glare at one another and fight
for maneuvering space. All parties are equally determined to get the right-of-way–insist on it.
They swerve a way at the last possible moment, giving scant inches to spare. The victor goes forwards,
no time for a victory grin, already engaging in another contest of will.
Saigon, like Chinatown, is not a place but a state of mind.”
Kay Lynn Gabaldon