As trip to Vietnam is not complete without visiting the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City...
"Americans harshly criticized the museum for its propaganda and glorification of their victory..."
Hmm, now I'm curious. So far, Vietnam has been surprisingly free of propaganda posters typical of other socialist countries I visited. Or perhaps it's just more subtle and I didn't notice?
@codewiz it might depend on the Americans as well.
I met some American tourists in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum that were upset at all the anti-American propaganda. Which is not how I would have described that experience.
America loves to glorify it's wars and does't take kindly to the opposing view, in my experience.
@allan I haven't seen any anti-American propaganda in the Hiroshima Peace Park either... Unless "war is horrible" could be interpreted as anti-American.
@allan Ok, to be fair, there *is* some propaganda in this museum...
@allan Peace propaganda is best propaganda.
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@codewiz I wonder about the role of war museums.
Canada is very big into WWI in museums and remembrances. In many ways we see it as the true birth of our nation.
When I was a kid it was always remembered with melancholy, all the lives wasted in the trenches, and never again was taken seriously.
Recently, with the centenary, there's been a shift to thinking of it as a glorious past and we were indefatigable underdogs and it makes me profoundly uncomfortable.
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@allan Historical evidence can be selected and presented in a way that serves a particular narrative.
It's not always done with a political agenda; when historians attempt to write a coherent story from available evidence, inevitably their assumptions will affect the outcome...
@codewiz I think it was very much that. Most American war museums, textbooks, and the like present the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as entirely necessary and justified and then don't really go into what that meant. Preserving a narrative of war that is glorious and honorable.
It's hard to really look at the aftermath of those bombings and think this was the glorious and heroic act of the worlds greatest nation.
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