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.

American Servicewomen in Vietnam

As women were not subject to the draft, all female Marines who served in Vietnam were there voluntarily. The majority of them were stationed in Saigon, where they worked with civilian populations during their off-duty hours. Staff Sergeant Ermalinda Salazar volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Orphanage. In a 1969 letter, Sergeant Salazar wrote that the orphanage of 75 children was run by 2 overworked nuns. She encouraged other Woman Marines to volunteer at the orphanage with her. Sergeant Salazar’s efforts resulted in a nomination for the 970 Unsung Heroine Award from the Ladies Auxiliary.

Staff Sergeant Ermalinda Salazar with two children from the St. Vincent de Paul Orphanage in Vietnam.

Learn more about “Remembering Vietnam.” 

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.

I was a bit cautious about “First they killed my father”, but it really is a total cinematic triumph. Utterly sad (but so important), gorgeously shot (all credit to Anthony Dod Mantle, that part of the world never looked as beautiful and profound on film as thru his lens), avoiding the usual Hollywood traps (no white savior BS) and the entire cast just feels genuine (Sareum Srey Moch is the heart and soul of this movie), which is a rarity nowadays. Angie, you really did it. Impressed. 

P.S. After a day of consideration i’m ranking this along with Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Ivan’s Childhood, Elem Klimov’s “Come and See” and René Clément‘s “Forbidden games” as my favorite childhood war-torn film.

anonymous asked:

what are the girls like??


  • She’s absolutely the girl who hoardes things, ranging from her knives, cool yo-yos, and books. 
  • She has a really sharp fashion sense, and absolutely loves playing with darker colours, as they compliment her skin so perfectly. 
  • She can be a bit of a drama queen, but honestly she’d rather everyone just chill for once. 
  • She would do literally anything for her sister, and they tend to go hiking a lot.


  • She literally has a hair bow for every outfit she owns. 
  • She intentionally tries to get ‘Cat’ as her result on Buzzfeed quizzes. 
  • She has an on-and-off again bromance with England, but they’ve more or less come together after she gave him his little Scottish Fold. 
  • She considers herself kind of everyone’s big sister, and is always down for hugs, murder, and binge-watching if needed, no questions asked.

Czech Republic

  • She refuses to wear any kind of shoe that isn’t a pair of boots.
  • She has rage-quit Monopoly a few times, going so far as to even flip the board and throw the money everywhere.
  • She has spa dates with Luxembourg every other Thursday.
  • She makes and designs calendars each year, sometimes featuring photos she’s taken, other times with calligraphy and sketches for each individual month; it depends.


  • The Vargases are her sons and if you touch them you will never be seen again.
  • She has an apocalypse plan for literally any situation you can come up with.
  • She gets seasick every time she steps on a boat, even the ferries in Budapest.
  • She trusts Prussia with essentially everything, because he is one of the only people who has always been 1000% with her.


  • She honest-to-gods wants to become a rap god.
  • Switzerland is her brother, but she’s come to see Hungary as her big sister and role model.
  • She can’t actually cook that well, but she loves food.
  • She tends to play on a League server, and her language grows more and more aggressive and colourful as the hours drag on.


  • She is a marine biologist, and spends most of her time out on her boat.
  • She is a master volleyballer. She’s not passionate about sport overall, but volleyball is the one thing that she gets very competitive about.
  • Although twins, while Seychelles like to keep her hair long and flowy, she prefers to keep hers short, out of the way and less of a mess to wash after a dive.
  • She thinks America is a pompous douchebag, but she wants to ask him for surfing lessons. She’s just trying to summon up the strength not to smack him upside the head first.


  • She leads a double life as a tour guide as well as a nation.
  • She, Al, and Mattie are constantly all competing with each other to see which is the superior sibling; they have all become kickass pilots, bareback riders, and dirtbikers for this reason alone.
  • She mastered the bottle flip on her first attempt.
  • She would unironically marathon Go Diego, Go! if she had the time.


  • She absolutely served as a spy in WWII, and may-or-may-not have helped some certain refugees find safe passage out of Europe. I mean whaaaaaa????
  • She is fluent in at least ten languages, and can scam you in all of them.
  • Her favourite musical is Phantom of the Opera, and she has gone to see it over twelves times with France.
  • She can drink all of the Germanics under the table, and she has. Multiple times.


  • She has flirting contests with Romano, and 7 times out of 10, she’s the one who walks away with the girl’s number.
  • She makes all of her own clothes, and lowkey has a pseudonym that she has been using to start a fashion line.
  • She runs an aesthetic blog, featuring photos of her citizens and the amazing views near her house.
  • She always has a fresh batch of lemonade in the fridge, “just in case.”


  • She doesn’t fully understand the concept of personal space, and is the friend who will constantly be flopping on other friends.
  • She gets into intense political discussions with Macau and Hong Kong, all the time.
  • She’s dabbled in journalism a bit, but finds herself discouraged sometimes by the sheer number of other reporters out there, and how often a story is finished, only to be ignored in favour of the more highly shared fake news articless online.
  • She is a goddess at interior design, and can create ideal colour swatches at the tip of a hat.


  • She has a farm, and it is her biggest passion in this life. If she’s not wearing coveralls and muddy work boots or being followed by her small squadron of animal companions, she’s not happy.
  • She has an uncanny ability to predict the weather perfectly for the whole day ahead of her.
  • She often lights a bunch of candles in her house as dusk is falling, nostalgia for simpler times and a constant awareness of the electric bill being the root causes for the aesthetic.
  • She once broke Denmark’s nose for bullying Russia. Denmark still compliments her for it (’the only person more badass than me!’), and the poor girl has never lost her guilty complex.


  • She thinks The Beatles are overrated.
  • She can master pretty much any instrument she picks up, but keeps the fact hidden from most everyone.
  • She’s kind of a loner, whenever she can find some quiet time away from her brothers.
  • She spends a lot of time with Canada, bonding over common interests; they clicked during one of those nights where they both happened to be chilling at France’s house.


  • She is 1000% a fully independent woman, and if that means that she still clings to Australia whenever a storm rolls through, so be it. (He’s still her dad, no matter what.)
  • She tries to spend time with the other female nations, but sometimes she feels just way too young to form any real connections, even with Liechtenstein.
  • She is obesessed with Monty Python, and it constantly pisses Sealand off that she shares that with England.
  • She is taking vocal lessons from Finland. She doubts she’ll ever be into screamo or heavy metal or whatever, but it would still be ace to master.

I think I got everyone? If I forgot someone, lemme know; I’ll be sure to add them in!