Lesson 6: Vietnam

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To many in the U.S., “Vietnam” is not just the name of a distant Southeast Asian country where the United States once fought a war, but a loaded term that rouses so many emotions about a transformative time in American history. “Vietnam” means the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s–all the protests, politics and cultural change. “Vietnam” raises all the confounding questions surrounding a brutal war. “Vietnam” is not a land far away. It’s something that happened in the U.S.

Of course, Vietnam is not just a function of Americans’ view of America’s recent past. Vietnam has four thousand years of nationhood behind it, a long, broad stretch in which Americans only make a brief appearance. Vietnam has overcome several colonial powers, through which has found some way, through it all, to remain whole.

MUCH VIETNAMESE MUSICAL AND HISTORICAL CONTENT COMING SOON.

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