Academic Disciplines: A Void on Viet Nam


The U.S. can marshal aircraft carriers, a fleet of jets and half a million men for the war in Viet Nam, but when it comes to scholarship in Vietnamese language and culture, the nation is woefully unprepared. As Harvard Sinologist John K. Fairbank put it at a conference of Orientalists at the

University of Michigan last week: "We have been caught not only with our pants down, but with our pants off—there isn't even a national committee on Viet Nam studies."

Only three universities—Cornell, Yale and Hawaii—have strong enough studies on Southeast...

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