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Mark A. Ashwill
Mark A. Ashwill lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is the author of Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads (with Thai Ngoc Diep).

Entries by Mark A. Ashwill

The Wall Times 65: Commemorate That

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 7:38 PM

Vietnam veteran ponders the sordid result of youthful patriotic fervor at The Wall in Washington, D.C..

As official United States forges ahead with its controversial 13-year Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, which, incredibly, extends from May 28,...

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Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for Honor

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 4:41 PM

As we settle into year three of the 13-year Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, which extends from May 28, 2012 to November 11, 2025, Americans from sea to shining sea are joining in events that "recognize the Vietnam Veterans and their families' service, valor, and sacrifice,"...

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When Nationalism and Militarism Become One

(14) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:01 AM


This image, captured in a Macy's Department Store, is a not-so-subtle appeal to American consumers' national pride (read nationalism) and respect for the military in a nation in which mindless mantras such as "Celebrate the USA," "United We Stand," and "We're Number...

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From the Lion's Den: An Open Letter (and Invitation) to Vietnam Veterans

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:01 PM

"Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom." -- Ho Chi Minh

"Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground, Mother Earth will swallow you, lay your body down..." Listening to this '70s antiwar anthem on a recent afternoon, 38 years after the American War in Vietnam drew to...

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The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War: Revising the Past, Revisiting the Lies

(259) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 12:14 PM

"One of our victims was searched when the shooting stopped and the bleeding continued and was found to be in possession of a medal. Our interpreter told us it was for heroism at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu fourteen years previous. While we were sent to war to fight...

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