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We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam shows the person behind the photo

At first glance, the new photography exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion seems simple. White space is used consistently throughout the exhibit, the empty walls displaying only a few black and white photographs each. Two short films are projected in a makeshift theater tucked away in the corners of the Pavilion, and four wooden tables in the center of the room display photographs, letters, books, music scores and newspaper clippings, all dating back to the Vietnam War era.

This simplicity is the true beauty of the exhibit “We Shot the War: ‘Overseas Weekly’ in Vietnam.” The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” seems to be the central focus of this exhibit, each brutally human photograph speaking for itself. While walking through the exhibit, one can see that these pictures do not aim to show the violence of the war, but rather to highlight the lives of soldiers and citizens alike.

A.C.T.’s ‘Vietgone’ shines in its story and unadulterated authenticity

As a metatheatrical work that also recognizes its metatheatricality, Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone,” presented by the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), is one of those unique works that is able to avoid the cheesiness and embrace its campiness while still delivering a beautiful story. Through “Vietgone,” I realized that a piece of theater will never truly be…

‘The Vietnam War’ revisited: Books to counteract historical narratives

A few days ago, the Stanford Review published an article by Andrew Friedman entitled “Burns’s ‘Vietnam’ Recites a Leftist Consensus.” This article was a review of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s recent 18-hour “The Vietnam War,” a television documentary which aired last month. The article criticized how the documentary simply repeated the commonly taught analyses…

An argument for non-intervention

Clearly, we don’t do too well when we intervene militarily in the affairs of other countries unprompted, with pretty much the worst track record of military interventions one could imagine. And apparently, other countries can take care of themselves just fine without our help. Long story short, unless people are explicitly asking for help, we don’t need to mess with other people’s political and military situations.