Wednesday, February 17, 2010

God Bless the USA

Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are the main destinations of Americans who want to visit Vietnam.

But even in a place like Bac Lieu, the influence of American culture can be seen and heard everywhere, in fashion, dance and music.

I've seen several trucks inscribed with "for official use only," the words that were stenciled on every American Jeep during the Vietnam War.

On clothing, you'll see everything from Mickey Mouse, to words like "Airmile from America" to ""US Military.

The other day, the TV was on in the house and one of those Vietnamese dramas was playing. I was frankly astonished when an Vietnamese actor dressed in U.S. Army desert battle dress uniform stepped on stage accompanied to Lee Greewood singing "God Bless the USA." The audience warmly applauded.

I can't begin to interpret what that might mean.


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