Two Generations After the Vietnam War

Investigating the Vietnam War, and how its legacy still shapes Vietnamese identity two generations after. Through collecting oral histories and conducting museum research, I will investigate public and personal perceptions of the Vietnam War across different generations and between North and South Vietnam. I will examine how various processes of knowledge production resulted in different Vietnamese identities at home and abroad, and within the context of the post-war Vietnamese Diaspora.


  • My Dang | June 27th, 2012
    Aunt Bao’s house is located right next to a small street market, and I usually go out for breakfast. Sometimes it’s take-home sticky rice, but this time, Cousin Tien and I treat ourselves to Phở – the famous Vietnamese rice noodle soup. The noodles...
  • My Dang | June 6th, 2012
    Two days after I arrive, Aunt Bao drives me to visit my grandmother just outside of Hanoi. “Ba Ngoai”, as I call her, means “maternal grandmother.” The Vietnamese language is very specific in stating kinship and relationships. The way I say “aunt”...
  • My Dang | June 4th, 2012
    The first thing that hits me stepping off the plane is the humidity. I was prepared for the heat, but the moisture makes it unbearable, creating an uncomfortable stickiness on my skin. The water-filled air slows down my breathing and movements;...