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Interviewing historians: C. Michele Thompson on Vietnamese traditional medicine

With under four million people, Connecticut ranks in the lower half of the list of population by state (at 29th).  It is also the third smallest state in geography; only Delaware and Rhode Island are smaller.  If measured, however, by the proportion of academic historians of Vietnam to the population or geographical size, it’d probably rank first among fifty US states and ten Canadian provinces. Continue reading “Interviewing historians: C. Michele Thompson on Vietnamese traditional medicine”

Interviewing academics: Jamie Gillen on tourism in Vietnam

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Jamie Gillen at the end of the Engaging with Vietnam conference at University of Hawai’i in Manoa. Next to him is Hoang Minh Vu, doctoral student in history at Cornell. ~ pc Liam Kelley

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Conversations with high school classmates: Rich Wright

This is the second in the series; click here for the first conversation.

Although the majority of my high school classmates have moved to other parts of the state or the country, a not insignificant number have remained in or returned to Rochester since graduation.  It doesn’t hurt that the economy has been consistently strong, the cost of living low, and the education of children generally commendable. Then, of course, the family factor. Although it isn’t the absolute factor, the desire for proximity to parents and grandparents has been a major reason for my classmates currently living in the area. This desire is certainly reflected in the conversation recorded for this post. Continue reading “Conversations with high school classmates: Rich Wright”

Interviewing historians: Kurt Kinbacher on Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska

Geographically speaking, there are two ways of viewing Vietnamese Americans in Lincoln, Nebraska.  One is to group them among Vietnamese in the Midwest.  It is a vast region that includes large communities such as Chicago and the Twin Cities, and smaller ones such as Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids, MI.  Continue reading “Interviewing historians: Kurt Kinbacher on Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska”

Interviewing historians: George Veith on his book Black April

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The South Vietnamese military – the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF) – has always figured in the voluminous historical scholarship about the Vietnam War.  For a long time and for a host of reasons, however, there was little depth on the topic. 

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Conversations with high school classmates: Teresa Thein Meschini

Click here for the background to this series.

Due to the Mayo Clinic, it’s not a surprise to find many physicians, nurses, and health professionals among 140 people in my high school class.  But of course they’ve engaged in other lines of work too, including law, IT, engineering, education, social work, the military, and small business.  Belonging to the last category is Teresa Thein Meschini, who has been raising four kids while running a wine business with her husband. 

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Conversations with high school classmates

Three or four years after college, I realized a desire to live my life as if to create a work of art.  The lofty desire came partially from reading some of Auden’s early poetry.  I hadn’t read anything by him, except for “The Shield of Achilles” assigned by Rosamond Spring in a Great Books college class. Prompted by a scene in the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” wherein a minor character reads out loud “Funeral Blues,” I sought out some of Auden’s voluminous poetry and prose.  I don’t think I understood half of it, but I was definitely taken by the impressive range of his mind and of course his poetic lyricism.

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