The Vietnam War, which tore this country apart and forever changed its politics and culture, has never been the subject of a Smithsonian exhibition. The nation managed to build a memorial in 1982 to those who died in the war, less than a decade after the fall of Saigon, and, in 2017, Americans watched an epic 18-hour PBS documentary about the war, without any substantial political controversy. The war is included within exhibitions at the National Museum of American History, is referenced in the National Museum of African American History and Culture and served as the backdrop to an anniversary exhibition about the Vietnam memorial in 2003. But it hasn’t been the subject of specific, focused curatorial reconsideration.
DATE: 02 January 2019
TO: Veterans, spouses and partners, friends, peace advocates, U.S. citizens and international friends
FROM: Chuck Searcy, President, VFP Chapter 160
REF: 2019 VFP Viet Nam Tour
Veterans For Peace will again host a 17-day tour of Viet Nam, this year from March 9th to 25th. The itinerary and agenda will be similar to the previous trips organized over the past seven years by VFP Chapter 160.
Click here for the schedule with brief tour highlights. Additional information will be provided as participants sign up.
We’ll be glad to answer any questions as well, by e-mail or phone, stateside or from Viet Nam.
Happy New Year — Chúc Mừng Nnăm Mới!
President, VFP Chapter 160
President, VFP Chapter 160
International Advisor, Project RENEW
Co-chair, Agent Orange Working Group
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Dec. 21, 2018
Decades after the war with America ended, Vietnamese families continue to search for the remains of their kin who are still missing in action.
By Joseph Babcock (Mr. Babcock, a teacher of writing, is working on a book about contemporary Vietnam)
A war veteran places incense on graves in Hanoi on the national Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers. Credit Hoang Dinh Nam / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
On July 27, the day a collection of remains believed to be those of American soldiers lost in the Korean War were flown out of North Korea, I was driving from Hanoi to Vietnam’s rural northern province of Yen Bai. My host that morning was Ngo Thuy Hang, the 42-year-old vice director of Marin, a local nonprofit devoted to helping Vietnamese families locate the remains of their loved ones. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Sad Hunt: 300,000 Missing Souls”
Update: June, 16/2018 – 09:00 vietnamnews
Viet Nam News By Thomas Eugene Wilber
It began in Thọ Xuân District, Thanh Hóa Province, Việt Nam
At about 4pm local time on Sunday, the sixteenth day of June 1968, air force Captain Đinh Tôn and his wingman, Captain Nguyễn Tiến Sâm, taxied their MiG-21single seat fighter jets to the northwest end of Thọ Xuân airbase and lined up to take off. Completing final checks and accelerating to a normal launch transition, they climbed to about 300 metres altitude, banking to the right and heading south at a speed of 800 kilometres per hour. Continue reading “Remembering Đinh Tôn: 50 years later”
Mình mới thấy clip này hôm nay, đăng vào đây cho ngày 30/4 vừa qua.
Câu chuyện này còn nói lên một điểm lịch sử và chiến lược quan trọng: Những chiến binh du kích ở Miền Nam, sinh ra, lớn lên và chiến đấu như là cuộc sống tự nhiên – đời cha chiến đấu chống Pháp, đời con chiến đấu chống Mỹ. Chẳng ai bắt vào lính, chẳng ai tuyển mộ, chẳng ai bắt làm gì cả. Lớn lên là tự động chiến đấu như hít thở. Đây chính là điều các chiến lược gia Mỹ và VNCH chẳng hề biết. Đi lính như một nghĩa vụ phải làm là một chuyện. Tự nhiên mà chiến đấu, là chiến binh mà không “đi lính”, là một chuyện khác — chiến đấu tự nhiên như hít thở của cuộc sống, đó là nguồn sức mạnh vượt trên cả phi thường, đứng trên phương diện chiến lược mà nói.
Dưới đây là một clip về câu chuyện Bảy Mô, một series 3 clips nói chuyện với Bảy Mô, một clip về các nữ du kích Củ Chi (bây giờ đã là bà nội bà ngoại), và một bài báo.
Nữ Anh Hùng VN Siêu Đẳng Có Tấm Lòng Bồ Tát Tha Mạng Cho Lính Mỹ Vì Họ Khóc Khoe Ảnh Vợ Con
Note: The following article was published in The Indochina Newsletter, a newsletter I edited at the time, October-November 1982. Much has changed in the 16 years since this article was written. So far as is known all of the former South Vietnam government officials and officers have been released from the re-education camps and many have been allowed to emigrate to the U.S. under a special program, called Humanitarian Operation. But many of former prisoners have experienced various problems resulting from their long term incarceration under difficult conditions. I hope this article might be of historical interest in understanding what these prisoners have experienced; and also in understanding conditions of imprisonment endured by those dissidents and others still detained in Vietnam. – Steve Denney 
THE INDOCHINA NEWSLETTER
Re-education in Unliberated Vietnam: Loneliness, Suffering and Death
by Ginetta Sagan and Stephen Denney
(Editor’s Note: The following article is part of a preliminary draft of a report that will be issued later this year on human rights in Vietnam. The report is prepared for the Aurora Foundation, of which Ginetta Sagan is the Executive Director. Mrs. Sagan is a well-known human rights activist who interviewed over 200 former prisoners from Vietnam in preparation for this report. Details of the interviews will be brought out in fuller detail when the report is issued.)
Ten years ago, demonstrations were held around the world to protest political repression and imprisonment in South Vietnam. Seven years ago, Communist forces completed their conquest of South Vietnam. In June of 1975, the new regime ordered hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to report to authorities for « re-education ». Many are still held in the camps today, but the world is mostly silent on their plight.
« Re-education » means different things to different people. To the Hanoi regime and its more vocal defenders abroad, re-education is seen as a very positive way to integrate the former enemy into the new society. It is, according to Communist leaders of Vietnam, an act of mercy, since those in the camps deserve the death penalty or life imprisonment.(1). The former prisoners, on the other hand, see re-education from quite a different perspective. Continue reading “Re-education in Unliberated Vietnam: Loneliness, Suffering and Death”
Nguyễn Tiến Hưng (sinh 1935) là một tiến sĩ kinh tế, nguyên là Tổng trưởng Kế hoạch của Chính phủ Việt Nam Cộng hòa kiêm cố vấn của tổng thống Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, hiện là giáo sư về hưu của Đại học Howard (Washington, D.C., Hoa Kỳ).
Battlefield: Vietnam (Part 1/12) – Dien Bien Phu – The Legacy
Chiến trường Việt Nam: Phần 1: Điện Biên Phủ – Sự kế thừa
Early in 1968, North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong launched the largest battle of the Vietnam War, attacking more than 100 cities simultaneously with more than 80,000 fighters. After brief losses, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces regained lost territory, and dealt heavy losses to the North. Tactically, the offensive was a huge loss for the North, but it marked a significant turning point in public opinion and political support, leading to a drawdown of U.S. troop involvement, and eventual withdrawal in 1973. This photo essay, part two of a three-part series, covers the war years between 1968 and 1975.
Warning: Several of these photographs are graphic in nature.
Fifty years ago, in March 1965, 3,500 U.S. Marines landed in South Vietnam. They were the first American combat troops on the ground in a conflict that had been building for decades. The communist government of North Vietnam (backed by the Soviet Union and China) was locked in a battle with South Vietnam (supported by the United States) in a Cold War proxy fight. The U.S. had been providing aid and advisors to the South since the 1950s, slowly escalating operations to include bombing runs and ground troops. By 1968, more than 500,000 U.S. troops were in the country, fighting alongside South Vietnamese soldiers as they faced both a conventional army and a guerrilla force in unforgiving terrain. Each side suffered and inflicted huge losses, with the civilian populace suffering horribly. Based on widely varying estimates, between 1.5 and 3.6 million people were killed in the war. This photo essay, part one of a three-part series, looks at the earlier stages of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as the growing protest movement, between the years 1962 and 1967.
Warning: Several of these photographs are graphic in nature.
See 21 Iconic Photos of the Vietnam War
Apr 30, 2015
It has been 40 years since the spring day when the last U.S. helicopters lifted up and, shortly after, the North Vietnamese army entered Saigon, deciding a conflict that had raged for years. News photographs from the time showed the world what was going on, from a country full of death in all its gruesome forms to peaceful protests across the ocean. Despite their age, those images have not lost their impact. Continue reading “21 Iconic Photos of the Vietnam War”
“He’s not a war hero,” Donald Trump said two years ago, speaking at a Republican Party candidates’ forum in Iowa. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump’s insult to Senator John McCain—and, by extension, to every American P.O.W.—drew a gasp of rebuke from across the political spectrum. The initial indignation, however, did not last; in hindsight, it seems one of the final instances of a broad cultural unity that now seems lost to this country forever.