The Art of War

Courtesy HCMC Fine Arts Museum. Photo by Hans Kemp. (c) Asia Ink 2008

Capturing the conflict: Nguyen Thanh Chau's On the Eastern Front, 1975

During the Vietnam war, America's image of the conflict was shaped by news footage of battlefields dominated by miasmal jungle and of an enemy who was often portrayed as merciless and inhuman. But the war doesn't look that way in the drawings, poems, letters and oral histories compiled in Mekong Diaries. Author Sherry Buchanan journeyed across Vietnam to gather previously unpublished material from 10 Vietnamese artists who resisted the U.S. The resulting volume is a moving alternative to common American narratives of the war and offers extraordinary insight into Vietnamese hearts, military and civilian....

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