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Gary Jones : Skyluck, the ship that smuggled 2,600 boatpeople to Hong Kong – and freedom

[ndlr] A découvrir sur le site du South China Morning Post, l’histoire oubliée des boat people sino-vietnamiens. Chapitre 1.

The first of a two-part story recounts how, after the 1975 fall of Saigon, tens of thousands of persecuted Chinese-Vietnamese fled their country, and how a ship called the Skyluck came to symbolise their long and perilous journey.

“In office at 07.45 and then at 09.30 it all started: Skyluck cut her anchor chain and drifting. The proverbial hit the fan and we were off.”

June 29, 1979, turned out to be a “day of high drama” for Talbot Bashall, who had recently been appointed controller of the Hong Kong government’s Refugee Control Centre, and he recorded its chaos in his diary.

Bashall’s unenviable task was to oversee the arrival, processing and care of tens of thousands of desperate Vietnamese who, having taken to the high seas, were fleeing their country to seek refuge in the British colony on the southern coast of China. The Skyluck was a 3,500-tonne Panamanian-registered freighter. Its cargo on this day was 2,600 men, women and children, a small cross section of the mass migration of refugees from Indochina that the global media had dubbed “the boatpeople”.

Lire la suite / Read more : SCMP

Image “à la une” : Refugees pack the deck of the Skyluck, anchored off Lamma Island, in February 1979 © SCMP

Vietnam War Documentary Film Launch Invitation

Présentation aux Etats-Unis (Virginie) d’un important projet d’histoire orale sur la guerre du Viêt-Nam. Le premier volet est consacré aux témoignages et à l’analyse de l’ancien ambassadeur de la République du Viêt-Nam aux Etats-Unis.

Vietnam War Documentary Film Launch Invitation

The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965 1975

Dear invitees,

You are cordially invited to the official launch of the Vietnam War oral history documentary series People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965 1975.

Produced between 2013 and 2019, the 15-part, 17-hours Vietnamese-language documentary series interviewed Bùi Diễm, the former Republic of (South) Vietnam Ambassador to the United States from 1967 and 1972, on his perspective of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. He shares his memories, reflections, as well as orally annotating and contextualizing several thousand pages of primary sources in his possession. The documentary also taps into Bùi Diễm’s immense knowledge from having lived through some of the most significant historical events and transformations in 20th-century Vietnamese history, American foreign policy, and the Cold War.

The series presents an overarching narrative covering the years from 1945 to 1975. Through Bùi Diễm’s recollections, the documentary series sheds light on an understudied perspective on the Vietnam War—a complicated and controversial historical event that is still imperfectly understood. The series is accompanied by more than 350 pages of Vietnamese transcription and 170 digitized files of original documents. More information on the project, please visit www.vietnamwarohp.com.


The launch will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1:00 PM, in Founders Hall Multipurpose Room 125, George Mason University Law School, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.

Program:

1:00 PM – Greetings

1:30 PM – Opening ceremony

1:45 PM – Introducing guests

2:00 PM – Presentations by Alex-Thai D. Vo and Former Ambassador Bui Diem

2:45 PM – Selective screening

3:00 PM – Q&A

3:30 PM – Film signing by Amb. Bùi Diễm

4:00 PM – Adjourn

Your presence will be greatly appreciated. Please contact the following representatives for further information.

Dr. Nguyễn Mậu Trinh: 301- 461-8490; trinh.nguyenmau@gmail.com 

Mr. Thành Nhân: 301-257-8496; vothanhnhan@sbtn.tv

Mr. Alex-Thái Đ. Võ: 757-318-1661; vietnamwaroralhistoryproject@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Alex Thái Đ. Võ, Project Leader

Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University 

Image “à la une” : Bui Diem dans son bureau © DR

Thanh Tu Tran Oral History

[ndlr] Pour accompagner la séance sur les “mémoires dissidentes”, nous présentons le témoignage de Tran Tu Thanh, Président du conseil des délégués du VNQDР (Parti national du Viêt-Nam), une organisation politique fondée en 1927 et interdite en République socialiste du Viêt-Nam (RSVN).

Entretien avec Trân Tu Thanh dans le cadre du projet Vietnamese in the Diaspora Digital Archive. M. Thanh évoque le rôle de son père Trân Van Tuyên au sein du VNQDD et les conditions de son décès en 1976 en camp de rééducation.

Vietnamese in the Diaspora Digital Archive (sur YouTube)

“People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965-1975”.

[ndlr] Histoire orale. Présentation le 1er octobre 2018 du témoignage de Bui Diêm, ancien ambassadeur de la République du Viêt-Nam (Sud, 1955-1975) aux États-Unis. Nous remercions le chercheur Alex-Thai D. Vo pour cette information (présentation ci-dessous).

October 1, 2018, the Vietnam War Oral History Project will release an oral history documentary titled “People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965-1975”.  The project features an extensive ~17 hours of interview with Bui Diem, the former Republic of Vietnam Ambassador to the United States.

Please click the following links for two excerpts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLSGCEK0mto (introduction)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iysAYNMJrI (Part 1 sample)

The Vietnam War Oral History Project gathers, preserves, and disseminates recorded interviews pertaining to the history of the Vietnam War.  The objective of the Project is to preserve the historical memories and viewpoints of those who participated in, contributed to, or experienced the war.  The records will be retained for students, researchers, and others who may be interested in the subject and the historical period that the Project covers.

 

Table of Contents

I

Phần 1:    Nguồn Gốc Sự Can Thiệp Của Hoa Kỳ Tại Việt Nam, 1945-1965

 

II

Phần 2:    Hoa Kỳ Đưa Quân Vào Việt Nam

Phần 3:    Sự Hiện Diện Của Người Mỹ và Các Ảnh Hưởng về Kinh Tế, Xã Hội, Chính Trị, và Quân Sự

Phần 4:    1968: Mậu Thân, Bầu Cử và Những Ảnh Hưởng Đưa Đến Paris

Phần 5:    Hiệp Định Paris và Những Hậu Quả

 

III

Phần 6:    Phong Trào Phản Chiến và Ảnh Hưởng Đối Với Chính Sách Việt Nam Của Hoa Kỳ

Phần 7:    Những Diễn Biến Đưa Đến Paris

Phần 8:    Hội Đàm Sơ Bộ Tại Paris

Phần 9:    Richard Nixon, Anna Chennault và Cuộc Bầu Cử Năm 1968

Phần 10:  Mật Đàm Paris

Phần 11:  Sự Vận Hành Của Nền Chính Trị Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam Hóa Chiến Tranh

Phần 12:  Phản Chiến Bùng Nổ, Hồ Sơ Pentagon, và Lo Ngại Của Hoa Kỳ về Cuộc Bầu Cử Tổng Thống Năm 1971 ở Nam Việt Nam

Phần 13:  ‘Vừa Đánh Vừa Đàm’, ‘Xích Lại Gần Nhau’, và ‘Hòa Bình Trong Danh Dự’

 

IV

Phần 14:  Bài Học Lịch Sử và Những Vấn Đề Đại Cương

Phần 15:  Để Hiểu Thêm về Con Người và Nền Chính Trị Hoa Kỳ

Details on the documentary:Price: $20 plus shipping for a 64GB USB stick
What is included: ~17 hours of video, divided into 15 thematic parts (table of context below). Additionally, there will be ~ 300 pages of Vietnamese transcription and approximately 150 digitized documents. Overall, I hope this project will be useful for many. Please refer it to those who may be interested, especially your home institution’s library! To order, please contact me via vietnamwaroralhistoryproject@gmail.com oralexthaivo@gmail.com.

For more information on the project:

Nguyen Nhu Kim : Ma guerre du Viêt Nam de 40 ans [parution 2017]

[ndlr] Annonce d’une nouvelle parution à caractère autobiographique que nous ajourons à la bibliographie du séminaire Mémoires d’Indochine.

Sous la plume d’une mère de famille, Nguyen Nhu Kim retrace 40 ans (1941-1981) de guerre puis d’exils d’une famille vietnamienne. Son récit débute avec la fondation du Viêt-Minh en 1941 et se termine par l’exil en 1981. L’auteur, dans ce récit à valeur de témoignage, replace les Vietnamiens au cœur des bouleversements du XXe siècle. C’est une nécessité qu’il annonce dans sa préface :

[…] je dois écrire ! Ecrire pour le million de victimes oubliées de la grande famine au Nord Viêt-Nam en 1945. Ecrire pour le quart de million de gens comme moi qui ont été chassés deux fois de leur pays en 1954 et “après 1975”. Ecrire pour la vingtaine de millions de “perdants” habitant la République du Viêt-Nam en 1975 car les perdants n’ont pas le droit à la parole. Mais – ô ironie – y-a-t-il des gagnants vietnamiens au cours de notre guerre ? Peut-on parler de “vainqueurs des Etats-Unis” quand on reconnaît une perte d’un million de combattants contre environ 60.000 dans l’armée américaine ? Ecrire pour dénoncer l’absurdité d’une guerre aussi déséquilibrée. Ecrire pour le demi-million de disparus en Mer de Chine vers les années 1978-1980.

Ainsi, l’auteur entend briser le quasi-monologue occidental sur la guerre et souhaite pousser d’autres auteurs vietnamiens à sortir de leur “ghetto culturel” pour faire entendre une autre voix sur les déchirures internes. Espérons qu’il soit entendu.

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Jacques Tiberi : Mémoires d’un boat people

[ndlr] A l’occasion de la disparition de M. Hua Vang Tho le 1er mai dernier (1944-2018), nous signalons un article dédié à son destin de Boat people paru sur la revue en ligne Le Zéphyr. Responsable du site politique anticommuniste TinParis.Net, M. Tho a suscité beaucoup de polémiques au sein de la communauté exilée. Très attaché aux valeurs républicaines et à la liberté d’expression, il était aussi membre de la franc-maçonnerie bleue. Retour sur son parcours de réfugié.

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Alors que les réfugiés affluèrent massivement en Grèce, en Italie et même aux portes de Paris, Hua Vang Tho a voulu nous raconter son histoire. Celle d’un boat people vietnamien, débarqué en France il y a 38 ans, après une odyssée qu’il nous narre avec une étonnante froideur, sans pathos ni fioriture.

Hua Vang Tho est né en 1944 à Vinhlong, dans le Delta du Mékong. Après une éducation « à la française », il obtient son bac mention « maths élem’ » en 1961. Dans la foulée, il réussit le concours de l’Institut polytechnique de Phu Tho à Saïgon et en sort en 1966 avec un diplôme d’ingénieur électricien. Hua entame alors une belle carrière professionnelle, mobilisé dans l’armée, puis conseiller municipal, directeur d’une banque privée et chargé d’enseignement à l’université. Marié et père de 3 enfants adolescents, il est déjà, à tout juste 26 ans (en 1970), un personnage connu dans sa région.

Lire la suite : Le Zéphyr

Image “à la une” : La famille Hua, en août 1981 © DR

Oanh Ngo Usadi : I saw and heard Saigon falling, 43 years ago today

[ndlr] La chute de Saigon dans la mémoire d’une famille exilée.

After three decades of bloodshed, Vietnam’s civil war abruptly ended 43 years ago today, on April 30, 1975. The events surrounding this date are seared into the minds of every Vietnamese person of a certain age.

I was not yet four years old, but these are some of my earliest memories. There was no longer a North and South Vietnam divided at the 17th parallel, only the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Days before, the radio inside our house in Saigon had been ticking off provinces that had fallen into North Vietnamese hands: some of them the hometowns of my relatives. As rumors of gory revenge preceded the communists’ advance, thousands of people abandoned their homes and fled to any place that was still free. Many, including my aunts, with husbands away fighting in the South Vietnamese Army, ended up at our house.

The presence of so many visitors had the feel of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. But for this reunion, the mood was far from celebratory. I recall hearing the word hoa binh, meaning peace, sprinkled in conversations. My father explained that it meant the end of fighting and soldiers on both sides could go home. “For you, there would be no more hiding under the counters and staircases,” he said to me.

Lire la suite : Washington Examiner, 30/04/2018.

Commémoration du 30 avril 1975(“Black April”) en Californie :