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Professor Victor Bascara Asian American Studies 40 17 November 2015 Journal Entry A key idea brought up in the first reading is that the Vietnamese Americans forget their past because the government chooses to push that part of history aside. Basically all memories of South Vietnam are destroyed, including monuments and more. As a result, the Vietnamese Americans mourn by telling stories, and they mourn for themselves because no one else will mourn for them. An important point from the second reading is that though the United States allied with the Khmer Rouge regime to fight the Northern Vietnamese troops and consequently destroyed books, killed teachers, and evacuated the cities, forcing people into countryside labor camps, once the genocide was over, former Khmer Rouge members still occupied positions in governmental power. This reflects how the legacy of war and genocide is still a prominent
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Unformatted text preview: influence, and that trauma, poverty, and political instability still need to be overcome. A point that I feel was not brought up this week that should be is the quesTon of why no one mourns for the Vietnamese Americans? As we are aware of all that they’ve experienced, with their memories being forcibly erased, shouldn’t more people have sympathy for this people group and therefore join them in their mourning? I think another quesTon that should be asked is if this was the only way to stop communism? Did the United States really have to ally with Khmer Rouge, who did so much damage, and why did they feel that there call to such brutal acTon was jusTFable? And though their human right violaTons are being acknowledged and the crimes of the genocide are being persecuted, is there more that could be done?...
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