Vietnamese Re-education Camps

Following the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, Vietnamese Communist government began to open hundreds of “re-education” camps throughout the country. Those camps, as Hanoi officially claimed, were places where individuals could “learn about the ways of the... Continue reading

Notable Vietnam Veterans

By the end of the war in May 1975, more than 2.5 million American military personnel had served in Vietnam1. Most came home carrying a heavy impact from the war. More than 700,000 veterans suffered mental problems2. Some 250,000... Continue reading

U.S. Propaganda in the Vietnam War

Communist Aggression Before President Johnson officially dispatched the first U.S. combat troops to Da Nang in March, 1965, the U.S. government had prepared the country for the war in Vietnam for a long time.  The “Domino theory” coined by... Continue reading

Punji Sticks

In the early years of the Vietnam War,  the Viet Cong  – small and poor equipped guerrilla groups was at a serious disadvantage when facing modern American forces equipped with the most advanced weapons. However, the difficulties provoked their... Continue reading

Hanoi Jane

Who is Hanoi Jane? Jane Fonda, a.k.a. Hanoi Jane, is an American actress, writer and political activist. In more than 50 years of her actress career, she has won two Academy Oscars, an Emmy Award, and three Golden Globes.... Continue reading

Buddhist Crisis

Following the 1954 Geneva Conference, Ngo Dinh Diem – a Vietnamese Roman Catholic and passionate anti-Communist, assumed leadership in Saigon after the 1955 referendum. As a member of Vietnamese Catholic minority, Diem relied deeply on the loyalty and support... Continue reading

Domino Theory

Domino Theory came from the notion of “containment” that governed American foreign policy from late 1940s until 1980s. It was basically said that if one country came under communist influence or control, its neighboring countries would soon follow in a... Continue reading