"is a blog that examines topics in Asia through the perspectives of interesting people interviewed by a group of bloggers in Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and more." Meet Gao Qingrong and family
, who along with seven other households are part of an organic farm co-op in Anlong Village, Sichuan
. Or there's the tale of how one of the bloggers met Jun Jun, a male prostitute in Beijing
; an encounter with Silang Laji, a road maintenance worker in Kham
, a Tibetan region of China; and Gege, an enterprising journalist in Chengdu
posted by Abiezer
on Feb 28, 2010 -
He was... "...the meanest, toughest, most ambitious S.O.B. I ever knew but he'll be a hell of a secretary of state." -- Richard Nixon
Meigs Haig, Jr.,
, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, who served US Presidents Nixon (as a military adviser, deputy assistant for national-security affairs, and chief of staff), Ford (chief of staff), and Reagan (secretary of state), has died at the age of 85
. Haig commanded a batallion
during the Vietnam War (where he was seriously wounded), managed the White House during the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon, and was himself a former Presidential candidate. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 20, 2010 -
Earlier today, the first Viet Nam veteran ever elected to congress, died.
(as of this past Saturday, Pennsylvania’s longest serving congressman) was the 19 term representative of Pennsylvania’s 12th district, most notably the home of Johnstown
, and which for most of his service included Shanksville
. He was a hawkish, conservative Democrat, infamous for his involvement in the Abscam controversy
, and most recently the FBI’s inquiry into the lobbying firm PMA
. He could be said to have been very representative, and certainly very supportive
of his blue collar district—Pro-gun
, and at first a supporter of the invasion of Iraq
, but eventually one of its greatest critics
. But that criticism came at a price
John Murtha was 77. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Feb 8, 2010 -
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today
that William Calley spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus on Wednesday. During his remarks he apologized for his role in the My Lai massacre.
“There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai,” Calley said. “I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry.”
The Kiwanis gave him a standing ovation, the first time the club secretary recalls that happening. (Previously
posted by ob1quixote
on Aug 22, 2009 -
In 1970, while burning captured enemy documents with no military intelligence value, Fred Whitehurst came across a tiny diary. Advised not to burn it by his translator, he kept it and took it with him to America when his tour was over. Thirty five years later, the diary
came back home
. [more inside]
posted by LenaO
on Jun 25, 2009 -
A photo returned...
A short video of a man returning a photo to the daughter of the man he killed, and from whom he removed the photo, during the war in Viet Nam.
posted by HuronBob
on Jun 20, 2009 -
The Wars of John McCain.
"John McCain believes the Vietnam War was winnable. Now he argues that an Obama administration would accept defeat in Iraq, with grave costs to American honor and national security. Is McCain’s quest for victory a reflection of an antiquated pre-Vietnam mind-set? Or of a commitment to principles we abandon at our peril? Is there any war McCain thinks can’t be won?"
posted by homunculus
on Sep 26, 2008 -
[NSFW]"The following program is in living color and has been rated X by the Vietnam academy of maggots. The purpose of this program is to bring vital news, information and hard acid rock to the first termers and non-re-enlistees in the Republic of Vietnam. Radio First Termer operates under no Air Force regulations or manuals. In the event of a vice squad raid this program will automatically self-destruct." Radio First Termer
was a pirate radio show broadcast by "Dave Rabbit," an anonymous USAF sergeant, for 63 hours between January 1st and 21st, 1971, out of the back room of a brothel in Saigon, gracing the dial at 69 MHz and 690 AM.>>
Fearing reprisal from his superiors, Dave Rabbit
then shut Radio First Termer
down and, after returning to the States, went back to living a normal life. 34 years later, while helping his son on a homework assignment, Dave came across old recordings of his show
. He's since revived his old persona
, and has also brought Radio First Termer back to the warzone--to Baghdad, Iraq. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Jun 11, 2008 -
The Heartbreak Campaign.
"Increasingly opposed to the Vietnam War, Robert F. Kennedy struggled over whether he should challenge his party’s incumbent president, Lyndon Johnson, in 1968. His younger brother, Teddy, was against it. His wife, Ethel, urged him on. Many feared he would be assassinated, like the older brother he mourned." [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on May 10, 2008 -
. I’ve come to bear witness to American folly, to rest my eyes on the flying machines that flattened the forests of Southeast Asia, poisoned its people, and changed my life.
A personal essay about the long-reaching effects of Agent Orange. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Apr 5, 2008 -
40 years ago
tomorrow, more than 500 villagers were raped, tortured, and slaughtered
(disturbing images) by American soldiers in a hamlet nicknamed Pinkville. Four Hours in My Lai
tells the story. Part 1
. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Mar 15, 2008 -
Image of the Year.
From the article: "If you want to go shallow for an Image of the Year, you can't do better than Paris Hilton
, seen through the window of a Los Angeles sheriff's car, weeping as she's being hauled back to prison to complete a probation-violation sentence. But when you first notice the credit on that now infamous picture, there's a double take. The image came from the camera of Nick Ut
, whose picture of a little girl burned by napalm, naked and running directly toward the camera and into the conscience of the American people
, became perhaps the most powerful and influential vision of the Vietnam War. Not only was the Paris Hilton image taken by one of this country's most celebrated war photographers, it was taken June 8, 35 years to the day after the devastating image of 9-year-old Kim Phuc fleeing her bombed-out village. Let's put these two pictures up on the wall together for one last, end-of-the-year look, and see if something emerges."
posted by kittens for breakfast
on Dec 30, 2007 -
The enormously talented photographer courtneyutt traveled to Vietnam with her father, who served in 1970-1971. courtneyutt turned his Vietnam photo album into a rephotography project, revisiting pagodas
, etc. etc. Ain't never been there, but I can tell you, Vietnam has really changed.
Nothing warlike here -- she says, "my father was mostly interested in buildings! which makes sense, because after he returned from vietnam he became an architect." (See previous rephotography projects on mefi here
. Nothing as personal as courtneyutt's.)
posted by dbrown
on Sep 20, 2007 -
It's the Vietnam War. Nixon has declared a state of emergency and allows for secret tribunals against anti-war protesters, draft dodgers, and others guilty of "hindering the war effort." They have two choices: spend 15 to 20 years in a federal penitentiary or spend 3 days in Punishment Park
, where they will have 3 days to trek 50 miles in the California desert without food and water while on pursuit by armed National Guard and police units.
Watch Peter Watkin's (previously
) "documentary" of Punishment Park here
(Google Video, with strong language ).
posted by champthom
on Aug 22, 2007 -
images from the Vietnam war. Some photographers never made it out: Dana Stone
, Henri Huet
, Sean Flynn
Tim Page is still alive and his photos tell the story of 'Fire in the Jungle"
Several of these almost forgotten legends hung out at Franki's House
at one time or another.
Page, Stone and Flyn were all friends of Michael Herr who wrote about them and the war in Dispatches
which was widely acclaimed and acknowledged by Hunter S. Thompson as puts the rest of us in the shade
posted by adamvasco
on Aug 8, 2007 -
...By refusing to recognize or admit that the Vietnam War was from its inception primarily a civil war, and not part of a larger, centrally-directed international conspiracy, policymakers assumed that North Vietnam was, like the United States, waging a limited war, and therefore that it would be prepared to settle for something less than total victory (especially if confronted by military stalemate on the ground in the South and the threat of aerial bombardment of the North). In so making this assumption, policymakers not only ignored two millennia of Vietnamese history, but also excused themselves from confronting the harsh truth that civil wars are, for their indigenous participants, total wars, and that no foreign participant in someone else's civil war can possibly have as great a stake in the conflict's outcome--and attendant willingness to sacrifice--as do the indigenous parties involved.The Wrong War - Why We Lost in Vietnam
See also Who Lost Vietnam ?
See also Vietnam in Retrospect: Could We Have Won?
posted by y2karl
on Apr 18, 2007 -
(pronounced fuh), Hanoi's signature beef broth scented with ginger and anise, is one of the world's great culinary glories. Turns out it's not an ancient dish, but a 1950s-era syncretic product of the French occupation of Vietnam, which introduced the notion of boiling beef in a pot au feu
(which may be the origin of the name). The heady, fragrant noodle soup is a global hit
, prompting an international pho conference
, several good blogs
, and a sensual national obsession: "When Vietnamese talk of pho they think of sex
: 'We say that rice is a spouse, whereas pho is a lover.' " "Pho is life
, love and all things that matter." Tips on eating
pho - recipes and more inside.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Jan 10, 2007 -
The Vietnam Syndrome. "In the 1960s, the United States blanketed the Mekong River delta with Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant more devastating than napalm. Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War, the poisoned legacy lives on in the children whose deformities it is said to have caused." Photo essay
by James Nachtwey, written essay
by Christopher Hitchens. [Previously discussed here and here, via C&L.]
posted by homunculus
on Sep 1, 2006 -
Now we're faced with a supposedly democratic
Russia where the opposition parties are established, crushed, united, their leadership changed
, all at the behest of the president. China, now clearly a capitalist state, albeit one without the democratic trimmings
, still calls itself communist
. Vietnam has gone much the same way
Some things remain the same, though. America's still meddling
in Latin America, just like it did during the Cold War
. The US Army is also fighting a guerilla resistance in Iraq, its leaders apparently ignorant of the lessons of history
, yet accusing others of exactly that
. It's just like the 60s, when it was just as obvious who had learnt lessons and who hadn't
posted by imperium
on Aug 30, 2006 -