The Impact of Culture, Ethnicity, Race and Religion in the Vietnam War

23 March - 24 February 2007

Holiday Inn Park Plaza - Lubbock, Texas

The views and opinions expressed in these papers, presentations, and videos are strictly those of the presenters and authors and do not represent the Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, or the State of Texas.

Friday, March 23rd

Video
8:00 AM-9:30 AM. Session 1: An Introduction to Analyzing Culture

Moderator: Stephen Maxner, PhD, Texas Tech University

  • "Analyzing Vietnamese Culture: Applying the Cultural Trilogy." James Bruton, Independent Scholar


Video
Part 1

Part 2
10:00 AM-11:30 AM. Session 2: The Impact of Religion in the US and Vietnam

Moderator: Meredith Lair, PhD, George Mason University

  • "The Buddhists & Ngo Dinh Diem." Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, American Military University
  • "Sects and Violence in Diem Era Vietnam: Overlooked Lessons for 21st Century Conflict." Carmen Steigman, MD, Independent Scholar
  • "Denominations and Vietnam: A Comparison of Foreign Policy Resolutions from Lutheran Denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the United Church of Christ." Dr. David E. Settje, Concordia University  


Video
12:30 PM-1:30 PM. Lunch: Guest Speaker - Dr. Larry Berman, the University of California, Davis



    Video
    1:45 PM-3:00 PM. Session 3: The Impact of Antiwar Activities on American Culture

    Moderator: Laura Calkins, PhD, Texas Tech University

    • "'Lest We Forget': Reactions to the Jackson State College Shootings of 1970." Jack Lorenzini, University of Memphis  
    • "Experiences and Recollections from Oral History Interviews." Dr. Richard B. Verrone, Texas Tech University  


    Video
    3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 4: Visions of Vietnam: Democracy, Heroes, and the Role of Women in Society

    Moderator: Stephen Maxner, PhD, Texas Tech University

    • "Democracy in action, with American Influence: The 1970 Senatorial Elections in South Vietnam and the Opinions and Behavior of Voters." Ta Van Tai, Harvard Law School
    • "The Role of Myth and Heroism in the Vietnam Wars, 1945-1975." Tien The Nguyen  
    • "The Ao Dai vs. the Miniskirt: Images of Vietnamese Women in the American War with Vietnam." Heather Stur  


    Video
    8:00 PM-9:00 PM. Banquet: Guest Speaker - Keith Taylor, PhD, Cornell University: Collateral Cultures: Wartime Congruencies, Differences, and Indifferences



      Saturday, March 24th

      Video
      Part 1

      Part 2
      8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 5: Soldiers' Experiences In-Country

      Moderator: Ron Milam, PhD, Texas Tech University

      • "'The Addicted Army': Drug Use in Vietnam in Historical Perspective." Dr. Jeremy Kuzmarov, Bucknell University  
      • "Armed with Abundance: Soldiering in the Vietnam War Zone." Dr. Meredith H. Lair, George Mason University  
      • "Outsourcing a War: What you get for your Mercenary Dollar." Gerald Waite, Ball State University
              


      Video
      Part 1

      Part 2
      10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 6: Race and Class in the American Military

      Moderator: Justin Hart, PhD, Texas Tech University

      • "Overcoming More than Gravity: Reflections of an African American Helicopter Pilot's Vietnam Experience." Eddie Randle, Vietnam Veteran  
      • "Skin Color and Blood Color: African Americans in Vietnam Combat Roles." Dr. Ron Miliam, Texas Tech University  
      • "Playing the Race Card: Vietnamese Appeals to Non-White Forces of Occupation, 1945-1975." Dr. Marc Jason Gilbert, Hawaii Pacific University  


      Video
      12:45 PM-1:30 PM. Lunch: Guest Speaker - Mr. Charles Long: An American Missionary in Vietnam, 1958-1974



        Video
        2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Session 7: Minority Culture

        Moderator: Richard Verrone, PhD, Texas Tech University

        • "Ethnic Minority Policies of the GVN and NLF: Promises and Practices." Dr. Neil H. Olsen, University of Utah
        • "Jarai Culture in Vietnam in the Aftermath of War." Lap Minh Siu, Texas Tech University


        Video
        3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 8: Culture as Reflected in the Literature of War and in Postwar Vietnam

        Moderator: Marc Jason Gilbert, PhD, Hawaii Pacific University

        • "Leading the 'Global March' to Communism: The Viet Conf in Tran Van Dinh's Blue Dragon, White Tiger." Quan Manh Ha, Texas Tech University  
        • "a review of Vietnam and Other American Fantasies by H. Bruce Franklin." Dr. Samuel B. Hoff, Delaware State University  
        • "Post 1975 Vietnamese Culture: The Triumphant South." Dr, Nguyen Ngoc Bich, Independent Scholar