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Vietnam: The Medicine Master

The influence of Chinese doctrine and incorporation of Western medicine results in the constant evolution of Vietnamese medicine. Within the dynamics of innovation, older doctors often appear to be the most cutting edge. Dividing his practice between his native village and his clinic in Hanoi, 74-year-old Doctor Dao Kim Long embodies the future of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Bernard Fontanille meets Dr. Long, who explains his practice based on modernized acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation, and martial arts.
2016; 2014

Vietnam [electronic resource]: Are You My Mother?

Imagine trying to find your identity among more than 90-million faces in Vietnam. Sophie English was born at the height of the conflict in Vietnam, and was one of the first war babies to be adopted by an Australian family. She was one of hundreds of children flown out to start new lives in the west. Foreign Correspondent Reporter Sally Sara joins Sophie on an emotional journey in search of family and a sense of belonging.

Vietnam and the War [electronic resource]

This film provides an overview of Vietnam's early history, French colonization, the Indochina War, and the start of the Vietnam War. During French occupation, Ho Chi Minh started the Viet Minh Independence Movement that grew into an army during WWII. As nationalism evolved into communism, the U.S. feared a Soviet backed takeover of Southeast Asia-known as the Domino Theory-and supported the French against Ho Chi Minh's National Liberation Front during the Indochina War. After Vietnam was partitioned in 1954, they continued to support South Vietnam and the Diem Regime. After JFK's assassination and the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Johnson increased combat troops and ordered Operation Rolling Thunder, drawing America into bloody conflict.

The TV War [electronic resource]

This film examines Vietnam War events between Kennedy's assassination and Nixon's presidential election. Over half a million troops were deployed, but Ho Chi Minh's strategy was to outlast the American occupation. After early U.S. domination through Operation Thunder, three years of B52 raids, and napalm and Agent Orange drops, the Viet Cong Tet Offensive turned the tide in 1968. Television coverage of the surprise attack and nightly combat footage dashed American hopes of victory and turned public opinion against the war. The Anti-War Movement gained momentum when Mohammed Ali refused to be inducted into the army and Martin Luther King called for unification of the Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements. Nixon promised to withdraw troops but secretly targeted the Ho Chi Minh Trail in C [...]

Fallout & Recovery [electronic resource]

This film provides an overview of Vietnam War events from the 1968 Paris Peace Talks to the 1975 communist takeover of South Vietnam, including a discussion of economic and political policies during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1972, Nixon ordered the majority of US troops back. In 1974, after Watergate, he resigned. The US embassy was evacuated on April 30th 1975. Southern Vietnamese soldiers and civilians faced a backlash from the North and U.S. veterans faced dishonor and neglect back home. Today, Vietnam is the world's second largest coffee producer, still ruled by a communist government and moving at the pace of China.

Coffee Trail With Simon Reeve [electronic resource]

Globally, billions are spent on coffee each year and the drink in its various forms is an essential part of life and culture for millions of people. But where does it all come from? Who grows and packs our coffee beans? Adventure journalist Simon Reeve embarks on a journey across Vietnam, which in just over 30 years has become the second largest coffee producer in the world. He discovers the impact the rapidly expanding coffee market has had on a nation of small farms. Simon begins his journey in Hanoi before heading into Vietnam's exotic highlands where, in the aftermath of the war with America, a vast coffee-growing program was launched to help the country's economic recovery-but has led to widespread environmental damage.

Families of Vietnam: Families of the World

In Families of Vietnam, Anh Thu lives by the Mekong River with her family. She attends school and enjoys spending time with her friends and older brother. In Ho Chi Minh City, nine-year-old Thanh Hong goes to school where she studies French, art and reading, and plays games with friends.
2014; 2009

Prelude to Vietnam [electronic resource]

This classic documentary examines the rise and fall of the French in Indochina, and the political outcome of the loss of Dien Bien Phu.

A Day in Vietnam

Narrator Jack Webb takes viewers through a day in Vietnam for the men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
2013; 1967


This 1954 film takes us to Vietnam; the French have been defeated and the country is about to be divided. The film looks at whether Communism in Southeast Asia can be defeated; the consequences of French neglect and failed colonial war and Vietnamese fatalism and apathy. It presents the Philippines as a hopeful example of how an Asian nation can defeat Communism.
2013; 1954

USAF Combat Photography: Southeast Asia

Experience America's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States. This propaganda film was released by the U.S. Information Agency and focuses on American involvement in the Vietnam War and shows the work of the 600th Photo Squadron AAVS (MAC) in Southeast Asia. Viewers learn about advances in combat photography, including air strike and ground footage, and witness the work of Air Force mobile film laboratories throughout South Vietnam. This historical recording may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material.
2013; 1968

The First War in Vietnam [electronic resource]

After the Second World War, Great Britain let go her empire in Asia with relatively good grace; France was in less of a hurry to abandon Indochina, particularly with the specter (or bogey) of a Communist Vietnamese regime in the wings. This program covers the negotiations toward peace and the beginnings of war, the events leading to the Battle of Dien Bien Phu and the defeat of the French, and the Geneva Convention of 1954 and the division of Indochina into North and South, which effectively recognized North Vietnam as an independent country. Because the Geneva Convention was signed by the Chinese and the U.S. did not recognize Mao's China, the U.S. would not sign the Convention; that, and the division of Vietnam, set the stage for the second Vietnam War.

Vietnam [electronic resource]: The Wandering Souls

Using war records, old maps, and other archival materials, two of Australia's Vietnam veterans have produced the first comprehensive account of where nearly 4,000 missing Vietnamese soldiers might be found. In a country where most families lost someone during the war, the enduring grief is not knowing where a loved one fell. Without that knowledge many Vietnamese believe their dead will wander endlessly and without peace. Reporting on the impact of the new revelations, this film also follows a third Australian veteran who has kept some powerful reminders of his time in combat-a journal, a book of poetry, and a scarf owned by one or more North Vietnamese soldiers. The journey to return the diary to its author's mother becomes an emotionally cathartic pilgrimage back to Vietnam, one th [...]

Vietnam [electronic resource]: Assessing the Millennium Development Goals

Vietnam, one of the few Marxist-Leninist states, is still standing. The Communist Party of Vietnam faithfully represents the rights and interests of the working class and the nation. Just over thirty years after the country was devastated by war, leaving between one and two million dead, its economy is storming ahead. In 1993, poverty levels were at 58%; now that figure has dropped to 12%.

Nixon's Television Address on Vietnam [electronic resource]

Over the past several weeks, you have heard a number of reports...on the situation in Southeast Asia. I think the time has come for me, as president and as commander-in-chief of our armed forces, to put these reports in perspective, to lay all the pertinent facts before you, and to let you judge for yourselves as to the success or failure of our policy. So begins this archival film from 1971 in which President Nixon offers a progress report on his efforts to end United States military involvement in Vietnam, including troop withdrawals, reductions in casualties, and operations in Cambodia and Laos.

Why Vietnam?, 1965 [electronic resource]

This historical documentary outlines U.S. policy toward Vietnam as stated by President Johnson. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara are also featured.

Vietnam [electronic resource]

A part of the series America in the 20th Century. It was the longest war in America's history and the most divisive in more than a century. This program explores the genesis of America's painful military "quagmire" from the roots of Vietnamese nationalism through a century of French colonial rule to the first Indochina war; it then takes viewers from John F. Kennedy's initial deployment of military advisers through increases and escalations under the Johnson administration to the final, tragic moments of Saigon's fall in the spring of 1975. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: U.S. Army Advisor in Vietnam

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series explores what happens when an American soldier is assigned as a military advisor in Vietnam to support the South Vietnamese forces. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration follows a United States Army officer through his entire tour of duty on this vital and dangerous mission in defense of the free world against the spread of communism in South Asia.

Vietnam [electronic resource]: Don't Forget Your Passport

Vietnam may be on the move economically but the communist manifesto still lingers at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Lenin Square in the frenzied city of Hanoi. Gordon Sivell takes a sobering look at the prisoner of war camp called the Hanoi Hilton where American pilots were held in brutal captivity for years. Next, Gordon travels north by train to the border of China to visit the gentle hill tribe people in the market village of Sa Pa.

Vietnam Nurses, With Dana Delany [electronic resource]

In this Emmy Award - winning documentary hosted by Dana Delany - Nurse Colleen McMurphy from the classic Vietnam War drama China Beach - eight nurses describe the horrors they faced in-country, the emergency care they provided at surgical and evacuation hospitals, the deep emotional scars they sustained while diligently doing their jobs, their return home to less than a hero's welcome, and their ongoing efforts to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, graphic period photos and footage provide background on and insights into the Vietnam era, while a segment on the creation of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., poignantly captures the sense of closure that many of these female veterans felt at the monument's dedication - selfless women who served their c [...]