1972.06.01: Review: Viet Nam Culture Night [Excerpts] (Red Tide)

Viet Nam Culture Night

Red Tide, Vol. I, No. 4 [Issue #4], Summer 1972

Review: Viet Nam Culture Night [Excerpts]
[By Michael Letwin]

On May 19, at the First Unitarian Church, some students from southern Viet Nam put on a program to share some of the Vietnamese [culture] with us. This culture is one of war and struggle, and also one of beauty. Many beautiful songs and poems have come from these people. The students read and sang some of these poems and songs. They also showed a film about the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

Jane Fonda and Tony Russo asked one of the students what would happen to him when he went back to South Viet Nam. He replied that he would probably be arrested, put in jail and tortured. He said this with courage. . . .

These students said that we the Americans are destroying their culture with our bombs and our support of the South Vietnamese government. They also said that the Vietnamese people were pleased that not all the Americans are for this war and that they are protesting against it.

During the speaking and singing, some slides were shown of Viet Nam and its people. . . . An American folk singer, Ruthie Gorton, sang about their oppression. Hearing these students speaking and singing made me feel even more strongly that this war should be ended and that we cannot stand by and let the Vietnamese people be exterminated.

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]

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