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Vietnam War Movies by Jamie Russell [in Push > for NAATA]

Vietnam War MoviesOne of the latest in the Pocketessentials series. And the perfect last title – a book devoted to how the enemy Asian alien is portrayed in the white man’s film world. Caught in the American psyche as an utter military and political failure, Vietnam war films, unlike other war films with a historical perspective, are hardly teaching tools. Instead, as Russell writes, “[t]hey’re not films about a war, but about an American tragedy,” from the hardcore combat film, Green Beret with America’s ultimate he-man, John Wayne, to the quiet desperation of Tran Ahn Hung’s Xich Lo (Cyclo) almost three decades later.

Review: “Diasporic Proliferation or: We’re Here, There and Everywhere … and Growing,” Push >, NAATA: National Asian American Telecommunications Center (now the Center for Asian American Media), 2002

Readers: Adult

Published: 2002


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