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

23 March - 24 March 2007
Holiday Inn Park Plaza - Lubbock, Texas

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Friday, March 23rd


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

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


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


    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


    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


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

      Saturday, March 24th

      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

      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


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


        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


        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