Thirty-five years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War–which divided nations in the East and West and defined a generation.
RFA is looking back at this time, speaking to Vietnamese communities around the world, and discussing what they know as the “American War” — and it’s also, just as importantly, looking forward as this young, dynamic country takes its place in the region and the world.
I traveled through Vietnam in 1994, driving from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. And even at that time there were very obvious reminders of the war. These ranged from the somber–war graves and the site of the My Lai massacre–to the hopeful, albeit sometimes in a strange way.