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The significance of the Vietnam War

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Transcript of The significance of the Vietnam War

What is the significance of the Vietnam War?
Why did I choose this topic?
cultural identity
to know more about my culture
to learn more about what brought my family to America
What is the Vietnam War?
A conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
1956-1975
The U.S. allied with the South Vietnamese.
It was to unify the country under the gov't rule of the communists.
The U.S. eventually withdrew.
North Vietnam and the communists were able to take over South Vietnam under their rule.
Soldier Life
Mostly young men
Dealt with humid environment
No one knew who their enemies were.
Eventually became ill due to the spread of diseases and lack of sanitation
Lives of the Vietnamese victims
Dealt with separation.
Most children never grew up with their father because men were held captive.
Villages were burnt down.
Families were killed right in front of them.
How does the Vietnam War affect families today?
Nationalism (pride)
Reassures who we are and how fortunate our lives are (cultural identity)
Personal Experience
My parents grew up in the time where the Vietnam War was occurring. During this time, many Vietnamese were able to go across the country to seek a better life in the United States. Luckily, my parents were one of them.

My parents would tell me stories about how they were able to come to America on boats after the prolonged war. Coming to America with nothing, they had to work in order to start a life in the America.

This war impacts my life because knowing that my parents had escaped the aftermath of the Vietnam War, their cultural identity did not change. They still kept their culture with them. Moving to the U.S. did not change who they are.

My parents would always remind me that even though their life had been soon corrupted so early, other then where they will spend the rest of their lives at, they did not change who they are. I learned that being who I am and having pride for what I am will always bring out the good of me.
Tying back to the Joy Luck Club
cultural identity
nationalism
learning from our families about who we are
the connection and bond between families and ourselves
the stories and cultural identities that will always be passed on
Statistics
Took away more than two million people.
Over three million were wounded.
More than eight million tons of explosives were dropped in the war territory.
An estimate of 200,000 to 400,000 boat people died on their journey to the U.S.
About 58,000 Americans in the war were killed, more than 150,000 were injured.
The U.S. spent $300-950 billion dollars on the war (veterans benefit and interests).
About two million people fled by boat and ships to escape under the communist rule.
Most Vietnamese escaped between 1978 and 1979.
Out of two million that fled by boat/ships, about 800,000 people made it safely to the U.S.
Most refugee camps that Vietnamese people settled in were along the coast of the U.S.

The journey from Vietnam to the U.S.
A culture kept
Vietnamese New Years
Celebrated even throughout the Vietnam War.
The whole community comes together to celebrate the new year.
Not only the new year, but to remind ourselves that we are Vietnamese and this is who we are.
To wish good luck, wealth, and health upon others.
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