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. Lacy Wright; Dan Southerland)
  • 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 Mạnh Hùng and Mrs. Hoài Bắc; Mr. Daniel Tùng Nguyễn

Speakers

Meet our professionals



Dr. Pierre Asselin

Dr. Pierre Asselin

Professor of History, San Diego University, Author of "Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War"

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, University of Virginia school of law

Dr. Nguyễn Đình Thắng

Dr. Nguyễn Đình Thắng

President and CEO, BPSOS

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

Mayor Tri Ta

Mr. Trí Tạ

Mayor of Westminster, Cal.

Schedule



MRS. JACKIE BONG WRIGHT, COORDINATOR, SYMPOSIUM

1). North Vietnam Perspectives

Dr. Pierre Asselin

Professor of History, San Diego University, Author of "Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War"

2). South Vietnam Perspectives

Dr. Tường Vũ

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

3). U.S. Perspectives: The Great Disconnect

Mr. Rufus Phillips

Author of "Why Vietnam Matters"

4). Discussant:

DR. NGUYỄN MẠNH HÙNG

Prof. Emeritus Of Government And International Relations, George Mason University

1). Withdrawal: April 1975

Dr. Robert Turner

Professor of International Law, University of Virginia, University of Virginia school of law

2). Re-education camps, Exodus, Resettlement

Dr. Nguyễn Đình Thắng

President and CEO, BPSOS

3). Re-evaluation and Lessons Learned

Dr. Tạ Văn Tài

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

4). Discussant:

DR. NGUYỄN VĂN HANH

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

1). The Impact of the Vietnam War on The Vietnamese American Diaspora

Dr. Kieu-Linh Valverde

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

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

Mr. Thanh Tùng Nguyễn

Exiled from Vietnam since 2017

3). Ethnic Montangards During The War And Post War

Neil Nay

Engineer

4). Outlook of Younger Generations Overseas and Their Views for Democracy in Vietnam

Mr. Trí Tạ

Mayor of Westminster, Cal.

Closing Remarks
MR. TOM NASTICK, PUBLIC PROGRAM PRODUCER, NARA, AND MS. ALICE KAMPS, CURATOR, NARA MUSEUM

Harvest Moon restaurant, $35 at door (without registration at Symposium), 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

Or Money Transfer To WELLS FARGO bank, ACCOUNT # 6749818792, ROUTING NUMBER:122000247, TAX Exempt ID: 82-2904402



Symposium
$75
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
$79/Night
  • To reserve, refer to "VIETNAM CONFERENCE BLOCK"
Dinner
$35
At Door
Transportation
$25
  • Bus from hotel to NARA & from NARA to Harvest Moon

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 15 (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 16, $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. Lacy Wright; Dan Southerland)
  • 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.; Âu Mạnh Hùng And Hoài Bắc; Mr. Daniel Tùng Nguyễn
  • 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