May 01, 2005
Lost in the Crowd
It's interesting to note the international coverage of the 30th Anniversary celebrations in Vietnam and the world, from the "liberation of Saigon" to the "fall of saigon", or in some quarters in Southern California, "Black April". There is coverage throughout the web. Here's two images I found particularly interesting.
(Photo: Associated Press)
Above we see the former flag of the Soviet Union. This is not an unusual sight, but look carefully. Is that Ho Chi Minh, THE CONDUCTOR? This has got to be doctored image.
The second image comes from the San Jose. I am going to save my commentary about this imagefor a later post, but it is suffice to say, that denial works in both directions.
Downtown Ho Chi Minh City was crazy. It took me over 1/2 hour to get out of the center of the city (which usually takes two minutes). My new pants got caught on someones motorbike during a traffic jam and ripped the bottom hem. Argh!
I returned home late evening and was greeted by a GIANT spider . What does THAT mean?
Posted by rst at May 1, 2005 02:31 PM
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can't wait to read the commentary! (for photo number two)
Just discovered your blog, and liked it. A couple of quick comments:
1) That is not the flag of the former Soviet Union. The sickle-and-hammer is a symbol of Communism.
2) Yes, like minhthy above, I'd like to hear your comments on the second picture (though probably for a different reason than minhthy does), and I'll respond. Maybe you can visit my blog for a different perspective.
Posted by: VietPundit at June 5, 2005 08:39 PM
Hochiminh as a conductor is a famous picture of him (to show his artistic side besides writing ppoetry) I wonder why they chose that particular one for such a big ceremony. It doesnt seem very appropriate
Hey Rich, do you remember me? I emailed you 3 years ago asking which artschool i should take (Massart or School of Visual Arts). I went for SVA and it was such a wonderful experience.I read about you in the news sometimes. glad you're doing good.
Posted by: Ha at June 30, 2005 02:53 AM
Ha, What a surpise. Thanks for the comment. Your design work is absolutely gorgeous! I see now SVA was the right choice! Let's keep in touch!
Posted by: r. streitmatter-tran at June 30, 2005 02:11 PM