700 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408
Sept. 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., McGowan Theatre

Vietnam War Revisited

Symposium: Vietnam War Revisited




About the Symposium

This one-day Symposium starts from the premise that much remains to be said about the Vietnam War’s origins, objectives of the sides, denouement, aftermath, impact on the Vietnamese diaspora, and lessons learned. Despite the thousands of books, articles, films and documentaries, the latest by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, recent and emerging scholarship continues to provide an increasingly fuller context for the War’s understanding. Now, 43 years after the demise of South Vietnam, it is time for a more balanced view, and for the South Vietnamese side to offer its experience and views for the consideration of scholars, the public and, importantly, the children of the Vietnamese diaspora.

The Assembly for Democracy in Vietnam (ADVN) is organizing this Symposium to allow Vietnamese and American historians and experts to present research and analyses as contributions to a fuller understanding of history and as guideposts for the future.

  • Balanced view of the war.
  • Lessons learned from mistakes
  • Younger generations and their views on democracy in Vietnam
  • Host: Assembly For Democracy In VN (ADVN)
  • Co-Host: National Archives (NARA)
  • Advisory and Review Board members ( Amb. Bùi Diễm; Prof. Đoàn Viết Hoạt; Dr. Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng; Dr. Tạ Văn Tài; Dr. Lê Minh Nguyên; Mr. Nguyễn-Khoa Thái Anh; Rev. Nguyễn Công Chính; Amb. Jim Yellin; Mr. Greg Rushford; Amb. Gerard Scott; Mr. Jim Hall; Mr. Jim Nach; Mr. Charles Schofield; Mr. Dan Southerland; Mr. Lacy Wright)
  • MAUVSA (Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese American Associations)
  • Viet Toon Cultural Group; Hapkunedo Martial Arts Group
  • National Institute Of Administration Alumni East Coast; National Institute Of Administration Alumni West Coast
  • Ms. Tess Johnston; Dr. Trương Hoàng Lem; Mr. Đỗ Mạnh Hùng; The Long Nguyễn And Kimmy Dương Foundation; Pragmatics Inc.; Mr. Âu Mậu Hùng and Mrs. Hoài Bắc; Mrs. Lê Thị Thu Cúc; Vietnamese Students Alumni, Milan, Italy; Ms. Anh Thư Bùi; Focus Digital Publishing

Symposium Follow-Up & Comments

Symposium: The Vietnam War Revisited

Buổi Hội Luận :" NHÌN LẠI CUỘC CHIẾN VIỆT NAM "

Bà Jackie Bông & Hội Nghị " NHÌN LẠI CUỘC CHIẾN VIỆT NAM " Từ Hoa Thịnh Đốn (Sept 22-2018)

Speakers

Meet our professionals



Dr. Pierre Asselin

Dr. Pierre Asselin

Professor of History, San Diego University, Author Of “Vietnam's American War”, “Hanoi's Road To Vietnam War” and “A Bitter Peace.”

Dr. Tường Vũ

Dr. Tường Vũ

Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon, author of “Vietnam’s Communist Revolution: The Power and Limits of Ideology.”

Mr. Rufus Phillips

Mr. Rufus Phillips

Author of "Why Vietnam Matters"

Dr. Robert Turner

Dr. Robert Turner

Professor of International Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Dr. Nguyễn Đình Thắng

Dr. Nguyễn Đình Thắng

President and CEO, BPSOS

Nguyên Văn Hanh, Ph.D

Nguyên Văn Hanh, Ph.D

Former Director, Office Of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services

Dr. Tạ Văn Tài

Dr. Tạ Văn Tài

Former Lecturer and Research Associate Harvard law school, Attorney at Law

Dr. Kieu-Linh Valverde

Dr. Kieu-Linh Valverde

Author of "Trans-nationalizing Vietnam: Community, Culture and Politics in the Diaspora"

Mr. Thanh Tùng Nguyễn

Mr. Thanh Tùng Nguyễn

Exiled from Vietnam since 2017

Mr. Nguyễn Khoa Thái-Anh

Mr. Nguyễn Khoa Thái-Anh

A graduate of UC Berkley in Asian Studies, is the Interpretor for Mr. Tùng Nguyễn.

Mr. Neil Nay

Mr. Neil Nay

Engineer, North Carolina

Mayor Tri Ta

Mr. Trí Tạ

Mayor of Westminster, Cal.

Co-Hosts



MR. DAVID FERRIERO

MR. DAVID FERRIERO

CHIEF ARCHIVIST, NARA

MR. TOM NASTICK

MR. TOM NASTICK

PUBLIC PROGRAM PRODUCER, NARA

Ms. Alice Kamps

MS. ALICE KAMPS

Curator, NARA Museum

Mr. Jim Doumas

MR. JIM DOUMAS

NATIONAL ARCHIVES FOUNDATION

Symposium Organizers



MR. LACY WRIGHT

MR. LACY WRIGHT

JR., U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER

MS. JACKIE BONG WRIGHT

MS. JACKIE BONG WRIGHT

COORDINATOR and BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEMBERS, ASSEMBLY FOR DEMOCRACY IN VIETNAM

Program



Mr. David Ferriero, Chief Archivist, NARA; Mrs. Jackie Bong Wright, Coordinator Symposium; and Mr. Tom Nastick, Public Program Producer, NARA.

1). Chairperson: Dr. Hữu Đình Võ, President, Federation of Vietnamese Communities of USA

2). North Vietnam Perspectives: How North Vietnam Won the War?

Dr. Pierre Asselin

Professor of History, San Diego University, Author Of “Vietnam's American War”, “Hanoi's Road To Vietnam War” and “A Bitter Peace.”

3). South Vietnam Perspectives: Nation-Building in War - The Experience of Republican Vietnam 1955-1975

Dr. Tường Vũ

Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon, author of “Vietnam’s Communist Revolution: The Power and Limits of Ideology."

4). U.S. Perspectives: American Engagement In Vietnam - The Great Disconnect

Mr. Rufus Phillips

Author of "Why Vietnam Matters"

5). Discussant: Dr. Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Prof. Emeritus of Government and International Relations, George Mason University.

6). Moderator: Ms. Lý Kim Hà, Chairperson, Gia Long School Alumnae

1). Chairperson, Mr. Bobby Lý, Head, Viet Fest NOVAL DC

2). The Neglected Political Struggle: Why South Vietnam and its Allies Lost the War

Dr. Robert Turner

Distinguished Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia Law School

3). The Vietnamese Diaspora’s Roles in Rescuing, Protecting and Resettling Vietnamese Refugees.

Dr. Nguyễn Đình Thắng

President and CEO, BPSOS

4). Lessons from the Vietnam War

Dr. Tạ Văn Tài

Former Lecturer and Research Associate Harvard Law school, Attorney at Law

5). The U.S. National Refugee Program - Reflections on Policies and Operations 2001-2005

Nguyễn Văn Hanh, Ph.D

Former Director, Office Of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services

6). Discussant: Mr. Frank Snepp, Author, "Decent Interval"
7). Moderator, Dr. Đoàn Viết Hoạt, President, International Institute for Vietnam

1). Chairperson, Ms. Nancy Nguyễn, Board Director, HMDC, Assembly For Democracy In Vietnam

2). Delayed Power Inheritance: South Vietnamese Nationals Reclaiming Influence in The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Dr. Kieu-Linh Valverde

Author of "Trans-nationalizing Vietnam: Community, Culture and Politics in the Diaspora."

3). Outlook of Younger Generations in Vietnam from 1975 to the present

Mr. Daniel Tùng Nguyễn

Exiled from Vietnam since 2017

4). The Struggle Of The Ethnic Montagnards In Vietnam

Mr. Neil Nay

Engineer, North Carolina

5). Outlook of Younger Generations Overseas: The Vietnam War: An Unhealed Wound That Cuts Through Generations.

Mr. Trí Tạ

Mayor of Westminster, Cal.

6). Discussant: Dr. Sarah Bùi, Professor of Biology George Mason University

7). Moderator: Ms. Hoàng Dzung Nguyễn, Volunteer Teacher for Underprivileged Youths at "Love For Children."

Closing Remarks
Ms. Alice Kamps, Curator, NARA Museum

Harvest Moon restaurant, $35 at door (without meals), 7260 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042. Phone: (703) 573-6000.

Registration Fees

Make checks payable to: HMDC Address: 8191 Strawberry Lane #503 Falls Church, VA 22042

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Symposium
$75
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
$79/Night
  • To reserve, refer to "VIETNAM CONFERENCE BLOCK"
Dinner
$35
At Door Without Meals
Transportation
$25
  • Bus from hotel to NARA & from NARA to Harvest Moon & from Harvest Moon to hotel

Symposium without meals
Free
Contribution


Hotel Information

Courtyard Marriott Fairfax Hotel for out-of-town participants - 2722 Gallows, Vienna, VA 22180 Dunn Loring Metro Station.

Participants may reserve from June 1 to August 23 (deadline) at (703) 573-955 or 1-800-321-2211 "CONFERENCE VIETNAM BLOCK" for September 13 & 14, 2018/$79/night, two queen-size beds. After August 23, $239/night



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Sponsors

Organizations and Individuals Supporting Us

  • Host: Assembly For Democracy In VN (ADVN)
  • Co-Host: National Archives (NARA)
  • Advisory and Review Board members ( Amb. Bùi Diễm; Prof. Đoàn Viết Hoạt; Dr. Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng; Dr. Tạ Văn Tài; Dr. Lê Minh Nguyên; Mr. Nguyễn-Khoa Thái Anh; Rev. Nguyễn Công Chính; Amb. Jim Yellin; Mr. Greg Rushford; Amb. Gerard Scott; Mr. Jim Hall; Mr. Jim Nach; Mr. Charles Schofield; Mr. Dan Southerland; Mr. Lacy Wright)
  • MAUVSA (Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese American Associations)
  • Viet Toon Cultural Group; Hapkunedo Martial Arts Group
  • National Institute Of Administration Alumni East Coast; National Institute Of Administration Alumni West Coast
  • Ms. Tess Johnston; Dr. Trương Hoàng Lem; Mr. Đỗ Mạnh Hùng; The Long Nguyễn And Kimmy Dương Foundation; Pragmatics Inc.; Mr. Âu Mậu Hùng And Mrs. Hoài Bắc; Mrs. Lê Thị Thu Cúc; Vietnamese Students Alumni, Milan, Italy; Ms. Anh Thư Bùi; Focus Digital Publishing
  • Location: 700 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408
  • Time: Sept. 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., McGowan Theatre
  • Contact: jackiebong1@gmail.com