Young Vietnamese and American Need to Learn about War to Protect Peace

"When we started the project, our goal was to encourage young people to protest war and protect the peace," said Ron Carver, one of the editors of "Waging Peace in Vietnam" about the anti-war movement in the USA during the America's War in Vietnam. He made the statement in a meeting with Phan Anh Son, Vice President and General Secretary of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations in Hanoij on March 14.

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According to Ron Carver, though the war has ended, its legacy leaves on. In Vietnam, many people are still affected by Agent Orange, while land mines exist in many localities. In the US, many veterans are obsessed with memories of the war. Through the project, the authors want to honor men and women who have contributed to the anti-war movement and encourage the young generation to go for peace and oppose war and issues such as environmental pollution and racism.

Young Vietnamese and American Need to Learn about War to Protect Peace
Phan Anh Son, Vice President, General Secretary of VUFO (outer right) receives Ron Carver (center), an editor of “Waging Peace in Vietnam” (Photo: Thu Ha).

Ron Carver and his colleagues are planning to bring US witnesses, scholars, and veterans to organize seminars and talks at universities across Vietnam, reaching out to universities in the USA, bringing the book closer to American and Vietnamese students, offering the younger generation a more comprehensive view of the war.

VUFO Vice President and General Secretary Phan Anh Son thanked Ron Carver and his colleagues for their contributions to Vietnam. He said the book is a precious asset. The photo capturing Ron Carver singing the book at VUFO’s headquarters will be exhibited at VUFO’s Traditional Hall as vivid proof of people-to-people relations.

Young Vietnamese and American Need to Learn about War to Protect Peace
Ron Carver signs “Tranh dau cho hoa binh,” the Vietnamese translation of “Waging Peace in Vietnam”at VUFO headquarters (Photo: Thu Ha).

VUFO has been coordinating with many American organizations and agencies to organize seminars and talks on peace and history for young people. Through these activities, VUFO hopes young people have accurate understanding of the US war in Vietnam to prevent future wars. Phan Anh Son said VUFO would support Ron Carver in his upcoming activities in Vietnam.

“Tranh dau cho hoa binh” is the Vietnamese version of “Waging Peace in Vietnam” edited by Ron Carver, David Cortright, and Barbara Doherty. The book was translated into Vietnamese by Prof. Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet, University of Alaska Southeast (USA) with 10 poems translated by Nguyen Phan Que Mai. The book collects precious photos and documents of American veterans who served in Vietnam.

On March 1, the War Remnants Museum (District 3, Ho Chi Minh City) introduced the Vietnamese version of the book, which is the result of cooperation between the Museum and Veterans for Peace (VFP), helping the Vietnamese and international public to further understand about the support of the American soldiers and veterans to the Vietnamese people during the American war in Vietnam, together with efforts to overcome the consequences of the war, to build and develop a peaceful and friendly relationship.

Valerie Mai translates