vietnam women

  • Belgium: ooh, I have an idea!
  • Hungary: does it involve fighting?
  • Monaco: can we gamble?
  • Belarus: does it involve a dead body?
  • Ukraine: will we have to freeze someone to death?
  • Vietnam: does it involve ignoring everyone?
  • Liechtenstein: will it involve guns~?
  • Taiwan: can we make someone cross-dress??
  • Seychelles: can we use butt-coconuts in the plan??
  • Czech: will it involve promoting my spas?
  • Belgium: ... why do I even suggest anything to you guys??
Vietnamese Ninja

You have heard about Japanese ninjas, but have you heard about Vietnamese ones?

Some characteristics

  • They are mostly women (men can be ninjas too)
  • They wear layers and layers of patterned clothing
  • Their means of transportation can be either motorbikes or bicycles
  • They only work outside during late spring, summer and early autumn (whenever it’s sunny and hot)
  • They take cover when it’s not

Photos of ninjas in action

Be careful and stay away from them.

They can work in pairs or alone, and on motorbikes.

There are also male ninjas but they are less colourful than their female coworkers. They are also less dangerous.

CAUTION all Vietnamese women and girls are (can be) ninjas. Please don’t underestimate any of us, or you’ll get what’s coming.

Let’s Talk Books (9/?)

Women in Vietnam

Scholars have been sparse in their study of women during the Vietnam War. Their writings on the service of women becomes even more scarce, and downright nonexistent, when other minority aspects, like race, are factored into the equation. This makes it all the more necessary to read those works available to the public (published books rather than dissertations or articles in scholarly journals), applaud what has received deserved attention, and ask questions where gaps exist. The following books examine the role of women who served in different capacities in Vietnam.

  • Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era by Heather Marie Stur - (Cambridge University Press, 2011) It is not only the sharing of women’s experiences in Vietnam that must occur, but the study of their roles within the war from varied angles. Stur provides this insight by studying not only the jobs performed by women, but what was expected of them in terms of their gender. 
  • Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War by Kara Dixon Vuic - (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) The main focus of Vuic’s work is to examine the effects of the “cultural climate of the era” on the Army Nursing Corps. The Army, and individual soldiers, sought to exploit the ideas of traditional feminine gender roles, even as nurses meaningfully expanded their medical experiences. Vuic utilizes official records along with interviews conducted with nurses.
  • Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam by Elizabeth Norman - (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990) A result of her doctoral dissertation, Norman interviewed 50 military nurses in 1983-84 and from those interviews highlighted the common threads in their experiences. She also highlights common themes between female and male service members, and between experiences in Vietnam with earlier wars.

A Cambodian soldier carries a machine gun alongside her comrades during the Vietnam War. This photo was taken on 26th August 1970 in the Prek Tamak region of Cambodia, where heavy fighting took place between Cambodian forces and the Viet Cong. Many young women served as soldiers and medics in the rapidly expanded Cambodian army during this time.