Vietnam culture & history


US Operation Babylift ‘orphans’ are still seeking their Vietnamese parents, more than 40 years on

In the final days of the Vietnam war, Operation Babylift evacuated 3,000 children and took them to the West to be adopted. Not all were orphans; many of them, now middle-aged adults, are still searching for their roots

20 JUNE 2019

Vietnam calls in Russian experts to help preserve corpse of Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam has formed a special team of experts, including four Russian scientists, to help preserve the embalmed body of the Communist-ruled state’s founding leader, Ho Chi Minh, according to a written copy of the official decision seen by Reuters

14 JUNE 2019

Saigon’s hidden presidential palace and forgotten president: the Republic of Cochinchina and Nguyễn Văn Thinh

24 FEBRUARY 2019

A look back at Vietnam war against Chinese invasion after 40 years

The offensive in words of Deng Xiaoping aimed to “teach Vietnam a lesson” as Vietnam sent troops to Cambodia to fight against China-backed Khmer Rouge, and Vietnam allied itself with the Soviet Union, which China considered a rival


The battle for Hmong heritage in Vietnam

Vuong Duy Bao surveys his ancestral palace, a vestige of Vietnam’s marginalised Hmong ethnic minority that he says was taken from his family by local officials–11208600

26 AUGUST 2018

John McCain’s Vietnamese jailer pays tribute to ‘stubborn’ prisoner

As a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton”, navy pilot John McCain was known as uncompromising, frank and an avid reader who fiercely debated the war with his Vietnamese jailers

11 MAY 2018

The Saigon former Secrétariat du gouvernement building to be destroyed

1 APRIL 2018

Palace intrigue: Vietnam revitalizes iconic wartime site

The exhibit, inside and about a palace where tanks famously crashed through the gates during the fall of Saigon in 1975, is a departure from the communist propaganda that suffuses much of the city

11 MARCH 2018

Survivors recall the My Lai massacre

 As the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre approaches, survivors of the 1968 massacre spoke to the dpa news agency about the deaths of up to 504 civilians at the hands of US soldiers during the war in Vietnam

25 JANUARY 2018

Behind enemy lines: Vietnam’s female spies who helped change the war

The Perfume River squad was a top secret female combat unit formed in 1967 and bound by the communist propaganda slogan: “When the enemy comes to your home, even the women should fight”

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