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The Spirit of Vietnam Is Stronger Than U.S. Bombs

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Fifty years ago, the American War in Vietnam was at its height. There, people had fought against Japanese and French colonial rule, and now, the U.S. attempt at domination was once again, turning family members, friends, and neighbors against each other.

For the U.S. government, this was just another Cold War battleground, and deaths of 2.1 – 3.8 million Vietnamese people were seen as collateral damage to establishing U.S. rule over the region. But people of color around the world saw the resistance in Vietnam as a source of inspiration.

On today’s Making Contact, we hear excerpts from an intergenerational teach-in held by the Vietnam Victory coalition in 2015 called The Spirit of Vietnam is Stronger Than U.S. Bombs.

Special Thanks to Thuy Trang Nguyen and the Vietnam Victory Coalition for their organizing and for allowing us to air excerpts of this intergenerational teach-in on Making Contact.

Photo Credit: Colonialists, International Traitors, Think Carefully Before You Take Vietnam – To Lien (1978), Courtesy of the Vietnam Victory Coalition

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  • Thuỳ Trang Nguyễn (VietUnity)
  • Rabab Abdulhadi (SFSU Ethnic Studies Department)
  • Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party)
  • Nhàn Thanh Ngô (Union of Vietnamese)
  • Alex Hing (Rainbow Council of Elders)
  • Prishni Murillo (Xicana Moratorium Coalition)


  • Host: Marie Choi
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


  • Live performance by Nhàn Thanh Ngô


Author: Radio Project

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