Monday, September 21, 2009

Good Morning, Vietnam

"All the wrong people remember Vietnam. I think all the people who remember it should forget it, and all the people who forgot it should remember it".

-Micheal Herr, 1989

When Vietnam is mentioned, many almost automatically think of the famous images that illustrated the war that took place nearly four decades ago. That being said, you can imagine the reaction I receive when I mention to others that I will be visiting Vietnam this winter with a program called the Global Leadership Center.

The reality is that today, Vietnam is very much a country at peace. Full of progressive, modern businesses and beautiful beaches, more and more people are choosing Vietnam as a destination spot not only for it’s rich history, but also for the life and culture the area has to offer. As I will be researching Vietnam for the next eight weeks prior to our visit, and the title of my blog is “Heather Lately”, several posts on interesting Vietnam facts can be expected!

As I mentioned, Vietnam today should not be shadowed by the country’s history. However, one should never forget the struggles many individuals effected by the conflicts still go through. Please check out this video about the May 4, 1970 massacre and take a minute to think about those today who still mourn, both in American and in Vietnam.