Vietnam - Quella 1 Amanda Quella Dr. Keaton Is a domestic...

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Quella 1 Amanda Quella Dr. Keaton Is a domestic or an independent woman more able in the Vietnam War? Bullets fly through the air as Northern Vietnamese soldiers ambush Americans, a young woman holding a rifle carefully takes aim. The general for the Americans crumbles to the ground, dead. Yes, that Vietnamese woman, not a man, did shoot and kill an American. The Vietnam War destroyed the idea of women staying home with the children in a time of war. The powerful women of North Vietnam created a completely new one idea: a woman can be the strongest soldier when it comes down to defending her beliefs. The strength of these women creates a precedent for all women to follow: follow your heart, even if it leads you into a battle. These women that fought for their beliefs endured so much pain and anguish to break the expectations of society in order to accomplish equal rights. Although the cultural ideal image of a Vietnamese woman is domestic and supportive of her husband, independent feminists proved during the Vietnam War that women are strongest in a powerful role. While the women of North Vietnam were strong in supporting their ideas, they still had to live up to the expectations of the Vietnamese culture. The Vietnamese culture maintains the generally accepted view that men should and do hold all of the authority in a household. Women do not meet their husbands in a social situation like in America. Matchmakers set up men and women for marriages, which typically disrupts the plans, if any, of a woman for her future plans (Taylor, 1999, p. 53). Wives are expected to follow every command of their husband. Also, women take care of the children full time while assisting their husbands in the fields doing hard labor. Concerning the well-being of the family she takes care of, it is necessary for her to worship her ancestors frequently. Worshipping ancestors is the basic belief of the Vietnamese. Every person wants to be remembered by their loved ones after death, and worshipping them
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Quella 2 accomplishes this. Without worshipping the ancestors, it is believed that the angry ancestors will be uneasy and bring bad luck upon the family members (p.55). Also they adhered to the “three obediences” of Confucius: “obeying first the father, then the husband, then the oldest son” (p.12). The war created new opportunities for these women in that the North Vietnam leader, Ho Chi Minh, promised “universal suffrage and equality among all ethnic groups and between men and women heralded, at least in theory, a new order” (p.14). The idea of equality for women encouraged women to join the Northern Vietnam movement to spread communism into Southern Vietnam. The ideal image of a weak, submissive Vietnamese woman was beginning to drastically change in light of a war into a strong, ambitious woman. According to Sandra C. Taylor, one of the best examples of a strong, ambitious woman is
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