All my life I have heard the word "Vietnam." Simply to utter it sounds
sinister to the average American's ear. It's charged with negative
connotations, places and events that are painful to our collective memory.
Dien Bien Phu, Khe Sahn, Ho Chi Mihn. Growing up in the Reagan charged
eighties I saw Hollywood send Rambo back to win the war, Oliver Stone took
a stab at manpulating our memories, even television changed "China Beach"
from a place to a sitcom. To truly learn what
Vietnam is and what
I decided to go and see for myself. |
When you tell an American you are going to travel in Vietnam the typical response is, "why the hell would you want to go there." I heard a fair share of stories from baby boomers about their experiences in the war or how they got out of going. Thank god my generation has never had to face a situation like that. We should consider ourselves very, very lucky.