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.



The Gress Family said...

Thanks for the video Heather! Sometimes you listen to a song for the sound and not the lyrics, it was nice to see the video and realize what that song is all about!

You are so lucky to be able to have a great once in a life time opportunity like this. How many people get the chance to go to a country like Vietnam!!

Nicole Bersani said...

Great post! I got the same reactions of "WHY VIETNAM?" from a few friends and family. One of my friends actually thought we were going to Iraq, and when I corrected her, she was says, "Well, I knew it was some crazy random country." Hm, haha well what people don't know is that Vietnam is one of the fastest growing countries in the world right now. I'm very excited for our trip over winter break! :D

Christine said...

I'm living in Can Tho for four months as an ESL teacher and it was hard convincing my friends and family why I would go here. Best of luck, you will have a great experience!