The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The museum opened in September 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government”, focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.Since then, it has undergone many changes and renovations due to the process of normalization of relation between Vietnam and the United States, such as the change to its current name in 1993.The Vietnamese War is possibly the only thing in the minds of foreigners before coming to this nation. Though the country has changed itself and the prejudice has somehow been replaced by a new modern developing image, it’s crucial for tourists to look at the war from a different perspective. And this famous museum is where they can transform an ordinary visit to an intellectual yet remarkable trip.Nowadays, the museum functions as a place to display devastation of the war between 2 countries from 1961 to … [Read more...] about Visit HCM City War Remnants Museum through photos
Massacre haunted house
Nguyen Thi Thanh tried to delay the story. She poured water and passed some snacks around 30 South Korean visitors at her small drinks stand along a highway in the central province of Quang Nam.“I don’t want to keep telling these stories,” Thanh said.Thanh is among the few survivors of the massacres South Korean troops committed across several villages in central Vietnam in 1968 during the Vietnam War. She was eight when she witnessed the murders of her mother, brother and sister.A South Korean group has been holding memorial services this year on the anniversary of the massacres, and the meeting between Thanh and 30 people brought by the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation on Monday evening was an emotional part of that.The deadly attack on her village took place on the morning of February 12, 1968 just a few days after a South Korean jeep was blown up by a landmine, Thanh recalls.The South Korean soldiers stormed the village without warning. Amid the deafening shots, … [Read more...] about In tale of massacre, Vietnamese survivor wants South Koreans to ‘know the truth’
An American veteran of the Viet Nam War has been accepted into the Vietnam Women’s Union chapter in Quang Ngai Province, and the pride he feels is clear to all.After witnessing the massacre of innocent civilians by US troops, Roy Mike Boehm, who was stationed in Cu Chi outside Sai Gon, sought and gained a discharge from the army. Returning home, Mike felt betrayed by his government and even his family. The Americans’ unjust action in Viet Nam haunted the ex-soldier and he decided to do something to atone for his part in it and to ease the suffering of the people he had victimized.Eventually he came up with the idea of raising capital for poor women in the central province of Quang Ngai so that they could escape their poverty.In 1992, a nervous Mike returned to Viet Nam with a dozen other US veterans. His discomfort left him, however, as soon as he saw a Vietnamese security guard gently guiding a friend, who had lost one leg, as he hobbled toward the airport lobby.Mike soon … [Read more...] about Viet Nam Women’s Union Embraces US Veteran
The White House said Tuesday that Obama plans to support a reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons, a move that suggests a significant shift for a president who, during his first term, moved gun control to the bottom of his list of priorities.In the days following the massacre, pressure from Democrats has indeed mounted on Obama to take action. After all, they say, he is no longer up for re-election and therefore does not have to worry about appealing to the pro-gun wing of the party.Beyond the political sphere, there has also been a swell of outrage from the public; a petition on the White House website demanding stricter gun laws has been signed by more than 150,000 people (a record), and polls conducted after the shooting show a majority of Americans favouring tighter regulations -- including a ban on semi-automatic weapons.The consensus this time seems to be that Obama has no choice but to try to follow through on his promise -- and that his heart is in it. "President … [Read more...] about What can President Obama do about gun violence?