I received a very sad but not totally unexpected message last night from my friend, Chuck Searcy, informing me and many others that Mike had died at 8:50 EST (8:50 p.m. Viet Nam time) of pancreatic cancer, after slipping into a coma almost four hours earlier. Here's what Chuck wrote, which best sums up the … Continue reading R.I.P. Michael Cull: A Life Well-Lived
Twice a year, I have the opportunity, schedule permitting, to speak to a group of US students who are in Viet Nam for the semester under the auspices of the School for International Training's Vietnam - Culture, Social Change, and Development program. They come from a range of higher education institutions, mostly private liberal arts … Continue reading Recent Discussion with US Students – United by Viet Nam!
hy·poc·ri·sy həˈpäkrəsē/ noun noun: hypocrisy; plural noun: hypocrisies the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense. This is a concept to which US Americans, including and perhaps especially those who represent the US government and affiliated institutions, pay lip service. Presumably, this also … Continue reading Fulbright University Vietnam & Free Speech: “Do As We Say, Not As We Do”
No Single Truth? This is the tag line of the latest documentary by Burns and Novick. There are many stories to be told, mostly from the US American perspective because it's usually "all about US," but there is one truth, I believe: the US should never have been in Viet Nam in the first place. … Continue reading The Vietnam War – A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Below are some thoughts about the US War in Viet Nam (the "Vietnam War") from Mike Hastie, a war veteran whom I had the privilege of meeting in Ha Noi. They were originally posted on the Vietnam Full Disclosure website in the context of the Burns/Novick PBS documentary, The Vietnam War. It is Mike's story … Continue reading The Great Truth Has Great Silence
Below is a letter that was sent to Bob Kerrey about his controversial appointment as chairman of the Fulbright University Viet Nam board of trustees, announced by John Kerry during President Obama's May 2016 visit to Viet Nam. In case you're interested and are not up-to-date on this situation, here are some articles that have … Continue reading 47 Signatories Urge Bob Kerrey to Resign from Fulbright University Viet Nam Position