If you’re interested in all things Vietnam, you may already be familiar with the Saigon Arts, Culture and Education Institute. If you’re not, you may want to pay them a visit. I’ll bet you end up bookmarking the site. Filled with interesting articles about Vietnam, many of them concerning the view of the 2nd Indochina War and its aftermath from the perspective of the Vietnamese, the site provides a unique, South Vietnamese perspective of that fateful time in history.
The South Vietnamese, more than anyone else, are painfully aware of what being “liberated” by communists means. They suffered the loss of many loved ones, the lengthy imprisonment of others and the tragic loss of their freedom under the iron hand of their rulers. Many have died, and continue to die, in their struggle to free their country from the yoke of tyranny.
Their mission is “1. to collect songs, tapes, books, artworks and memorabilia related to the diasporic society, 2. to promote Vietnamese arts and culture through workshops, discussions, exhibitions and shows, 3. and to research, publish articles and books about the diaspora.” They do it quite well. There is a cornucopia of arts and culture at the site, and the interested visitor can spend days wandering through the site enjoying what it has to offer.
Visiting the site will fill you with pride and a sense of melancholy for what was lost in Vietnam.