Vietnam culture of war


Values and Beliefs: their values are allegiance to the family, yearning for a good name, love of learning, and respect for other people and they believe in the existence of spirits and Plants, animals and man are believed to have souls.

Weapons and booby traps were planted.

Tactics: they fought a guerrilla war, using booby traps,planting bombs in towns and they mingled and dressed like peasants so the enemy couldn't recognize them.

People didn't support the war. They just wanted the troops home.

Homefront: people of America were very unsupportive of the Vietnam war and started protesting against it. The majority of Americans believed that the conflict in Vietnam was a war that did not need to be fought and Due to the extreme lack of support for the war, life on the homefront was much different than before the war.

Music created a lot of emotion during the war.

Music: music during the war created empathy, concern, anger, and other emotions into poetry and They listened to the radio, or on cassette desks or reel-to-reel tape players. They would mostly listen to songs about going home and music spoke to the troops in another way it was very special to them.

Propaganda was used to motivate people to join the war.

Propaganda: They had to prepare the country for war and this is how they communicated by making propaganda to motivate the people to contribute in the war. They emphasized the successes of the war and of food production, to boost the morale of the public during a difficult period. At the same time, they never failed to make their enemies look ridiculous.

People started protesting against the war.

Protests: Anti-war marches and other protests, such as the ones organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), attracted a widening base of support over the next three years, peaking in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops proved that war's end was nowhere in sight.

Journalists were desperate.

Media: media was used to continue controversy. As the war became more intense the number of press increased rapidly and the war was seen in many American living rooms and was showed on many famous news shows. Journalist would even go into the fields to be the first to get the story and more than 60 journalists were killed during the war just because they were so desperate for a story.

Economics: By the end of 1966, serious strains developed in the North's economy as a result of war conditions. When the North and South were divided politically in 1954, they also adopted different economic ideologies: communist in the North and capitalist in the South and this made a big impact on the Vietnamese economy.

Conflict between North and South.

Government: Vietnam War, (1954–75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam, known as the Viet Cong, against the government of South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States.

Draft Lottery.

The Draft: They used a draft lottery and they would draw capsules from a glass jar and the first number drawn was 258 (September 14), so all men with that birthday were assigned lottery number 1. People started complaining that the lottery was not random as the legislation required.

Family Roles: The older people are the ones most respected, the mothers are seen as the loving and caring ones, For Vietnamese parents, their children are their most valuable assets and they have as many children as they can financially support. Family that are blood related are the most important to them this means that as a member of family, you are expected to receive moral support and material assistance from other members, especially when you are in trouble.

Re-integration into society: Many soldiers suffer from PTSD and this was hard for most of the soldiers to just be normal in their everyday lives. They feel separate and the feeling of not fitting in, because things change when they're gone for so long.

prevent communist takeover.

Purpose: he North Vietnamese government and the Viet Cong were fighting to reunify Vietnam. ... The U.S. government viewed its involvement in the war as a way to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam.

Race Equality: Vietnam coincided with the protests of the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of Black Power during 1960s America. Whilst African-Americans were discriminated at home but also within the U.S. armed forces, the effects of black power, the impact of the Civil Rights struggle and “the resurgence of black sub-cultural style, expressed through dress, language and gesture”[i], had been transferred to the war zone.


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