Re: Sources: Sanitized/Repressed Vietnam
Thu, 29 Feb 1996 11:45:06 -0500

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Date: Mon, 19 Feb 1996 04:18:30 GMT
From: Renny Christopher <>
To: sixties@jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU
Subject: Re: Sources: Sanitized/Repressed Vietnam

Ted Morgan wrote:

> The other piece is the popular culture which, in the US mainstream, has left
> the Vietnamese people/victims of this oppression completely invisible
> (unless, as in Platoon, they are victims of individual "bad apples") and, in
> fact, have been transformed into the perpetrators, with the US (soldiers) as
> victims (e.g. Deer Hunter, Forrest Gump most recently). In other words, the
> popular culture reinforces the official propaganda of the war as something
> THEY did TO US.

See my recently published book, "The Viet Nam War/The American War: Images
and Representations in Euro-American and Vietnamese Exile Narratives" for a
lengthy discussion of exactly this issue, including a discussion of the
racism of Platoon.

Renny Christopher