Category: Vietnam

Yeah, Nha. Nha Trang is Shit

Yeah, Nha. Nha Trang is Shit

What has flashing lights and smells like cabbage? Now, hold up, I know what you’re thinking. But no, sorry, it’s not a flying salad. Here’s a clue… This beachside town was set up for Marines – a slice of home where they could relax and unwind, or swim in the sea and let off grenades. …

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A Script: Three Towns in Central Vietnam

A Script: Three Towns in Central Vietnam

Rewind to March 8, 1965. The opening scene. Picture a lazy day Da Nang. A fisherman stands on the beach. He checks the wind, scratches his ass, then sniffs his finger. Mmm…fishy. The camera pans from shore to sea. There’s soldiers. That’s odd. Quickly, arrange all the dancing girls and hand-shaking dignitaries. And, with that, …

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South Vietnam: So this is Socialism?

South Vietnam: So this is Socialism?

Question: What’s the most popular name in Vietnam? Answer: It’s Nguyen – a name shared by the former president, current prime minister, Vietcong leaders, and practically everyone else you meet. But, in this socialist country, you can’t tell your Phuong Nguyens from your Ayn Rands anymore. I crossed into ‘Nam via Phu Quoc – a …

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