The effects of the War outside present-day Vietnam are ongoing. Substantial Vietnamese communities in countries that participated in the conflict are contributing to renewed interpretations of it. This collection of new essays explores changes in perceptions of the war and the Vietnamese diaspora, examining history, politics, biography and literature, with Vietnamese, American, Australian and French scholars providing new insights.
Twelve essays cover South Vietnamese leadership and policies, women and civilians, veterans overseas, smaller allies in the war (Australia), accounts by U.S., Australian and South Vietnamese servicemen as well as those of Indigenous soldiers from the U.S. and Australia, memorials and commemorations, and the legacy of war on individual lives and government policy.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Introduction: New Perceptions of the Vietnam War (Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen) 3
Part I: War and Politics
- “A Short Road to Hell”: Thieu, South Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords (George J. Veith) 21
- An Intellectual Through Revolution, War and Exile: The Political Commitment of Nguyen Ngoc Huy (1924-1990) (Francois Guillemot) 41
- Fifty Years On: Half-Century Reflections on the Australian Commitment to the Vietnam War (Peter Edwards) 72
Part II: Memorials and Commemoration
- Side-by-Side Memorials: Commemorating the Vietnam War in Australia (Christopher R. Linke) 85
- Vietnam: The Long Journey Home (Elizabeth Stewart) 108
Part III: War and Women’s Writing
- War Through Women’s Eyes: Nam Phuong’s Red on Gold and Yung Krall’s A Thousand Tears Falling (Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen) 129
- The Postwar Body: The Literary Double in the Exile Literature of Linda Le (Alexandra Kurmann and Tess Do) 151
Part IV: Identities and Legacies
- The Vietnam War: A Personal Journey (Robert S. McKelvey) 169
- Recognition of War Service: Vietnamese Veterans and Australian Government Policy (Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen) 184
- Indigenous Soldiers: Native American and Aboriginal Australian Service in Vietnam (Noah Riseman) 203
- An Independent Command? Australia’s Ground Forces in the Vietnam War and Contemporary Memories (Bruce Davies) 229
About the Contributors 249
Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen is an associate professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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