A Report , from the Asia Education Foundation’s LINKING LATITUDES CONFERENCE Hanoi – Vietnam – 11-16 April, 2004 Ian Gray Somerville House VIETNAM – BEYOND THE WAR This ‘report’ also contains images, information and some inquiry questions that teachers may find useful to use with students.
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A Report, from the Asia Education Foundation’s LINKING LATITUDES CONFERENCEHanoi – Vietnam – 11-16 April, 2004Ian GraySomerville House
VIETNAM – BEYOND THE WAR
This ‘report’ also contains images, information and some inquiry questions that teachers may find useful to use with students.
That is, instead of just describing workshops and lectures attended, this is a report, that asks you to occasionally speculate and inquire.
DESCRIBED MAINLY BY IMAGES
This report is also a little interactive…
eg skip ‘background to Vietnam War’ and
jump straight to first image of the ‘Tourist’ Pathway, OR
See what other pathways are available
This background raises some KEY QUESTIONS:
Why did the USA and Australia become involved in what we call the Vietnam war?
Who are ‘the Vietnamese’?
No..continue with traditional Vietnam War story
Vietnam shares borders with China, Laos and Cambodia.
Myanmar,(Burma), Thailand and Malaysia are not far away.
The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi.
Hanoi is an 8 hour flight from Brisbane.
There are at least 3.5 million people in Hanoi… what must it have been like when the bombs fell during the American war?
“During the US bombardments of North Vietnam from March 1965 to October 1968 the authorities evacuated 75 % of Hanoi's population. After the end of the bombardments the city again grew rapidly. Today the population of Hanoi is more than 3 million.”
Taken outside the military museum – plaque reads:
“USA bombs used during the war in Vietnam”
Are the Vietnamese proud of their military achievements?
Yes… and the display of these helmets in a military museum alone reveals this, but 60% of the population has been born since the war.
Young Vietnamese learn of the achievements of their parents
How do you think they did it??
Young women assisted the war effort and their contributions continue to be celebrated as this photo in the Hanoi Military Museum indicates
Stand in the booby trap and your leg would be trapped by fish-hook type barbs
Go to next ‘tourist photo’
The Viet-Cong dug tunnels information:– a 1967 photograph from USA National Archiveshttp://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons/vietnam_photographs/vietnam_photos.html
To read plaque see next slide
One of the tanks of the 263rd armoured brigade which led the infiltration troop unit of the 2nd corps that seized the Saigon Presidential Palace on April 30th, 1975
USA Cavalrymen use helicopters for evacuation of wounded know about the war?
http://www.vietnampix.com/fire5g.htmand this is NOT from a movie
Perhaps it was assumed that helicopters against bicycles was not a fair fight and that the USA had to win…??
I remembered this image from 1975 – the young Vietnamese soldiers did not.
In Vietnam several people reminded me that Ho could have lived in this ‘Presidential Palace’ built by the French for their Governor in 1902.
– very Queensland
- Why might he have done this?
If elections had been held in 1954 he may very well have been elected. Today he continues to be celebrated.
His body is preserved in this mausoleum (against his wishes to be cremated).
This is from the post-modern Ho-Chi Minh museum, which also included very large representations of fruit.
Continue with Uncle Ho or firstfind out a little about the ethnic diversity of Vietnam that he helped to unify OR straight on
Not sure where this one was from but again the smoke inside was a health hazard!
Along with other teachers attending the Linking Latitudes Conference I got to meet with the Principal and Deputy Principal and observe some classrooms.
The Deputy Principal was also the Chair of the local branch of the Communist Party and we were told this was common.
The Principal told us:
Parents pay about $3 per month for children to attend this State School
Teacher income: about $100USA per month
School Day: Mon-Sat 7.15- 11.45, then 12.30 – 5pm. Students only work one shift but younger teachers work both
Class Size: about 40-50 and Deputy reminds us that it would be higher were it not for good work of government
I was asked:
Despite the appearance of Ho and desks in straight lines, students had a relaxed friendly relationship with their teacher and an Australian-like sense of humour. To boy: “What do you want to be?”
ANS: David Beckham
And when a girl was then asked she replied, with a giggle: “Victoria Beckham.”
P.S.For some Australian educational material on the Mekong delta see
Return to the Military Museum where Coca-Cola is on sale
= End Education pathway
(Tourist slides end here … student review questions continue.)
These were introduced earlier as:
What about a time-line? How many dates from Vietnamese History can you recall?