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The Vietnam War—What Happened and Why it Still Matters: Fashionable Myths and Unacknowledged Lessons

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty series

Keith W. Taylor, Professor of Sino-Vietnamese Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

Americans continue to remember the Vietnam War according to Hanoi wartime propaganda recycled via the anti-war movement into textbooks, documentaries, and talking heads. This has contributed to long-term controversial effects of the war on domestic politics, foreign policy, and narratives of American history during the past half century. It has also affected Southeast Asian and East Asian area studies with Vietnam being connected to each. A new generation of scholars with language skills and archival experience is contributing fresh thought. Why is the war still important today?

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Program, History, East Asia Program

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