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Bangkok, Thailand; Central Vietnam, Fall 2002 with narrative inside each photo

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(c)I travelled to Viet Nam to volunteer in a rehabilitation hospital for 3 weeks, spending 3-5 days in Bangkok before and after. I also spent a week in and with my old haunts on Guam Island, then returning on the 14 hour "island hopper"-Micronesia route(Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Kwajelin Islands) to Hawai'i.
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Being in Vietnam and SEAsia as an American, one can't help but Muse-ing on 'The American War' and Pacificism and parallels with the present 'war'.
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Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.
--Martin Luther King, April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, NYC, on Viet Nam

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
--General Dwight D.Eisenhower

Wayne Morse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In 1964, he was one of only two United States Senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (Alaska U.S. Senator Ernest Gruening was the other), which authorized further United States involvement in the Vietnam War."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Morse


"The Lao civilian death count was astronomical. US B52 bombers could drop a hundred bombs at a time, and 580,000 bombing missions were conducted. The US dropped a planeload of bombs on Laos every eight minutes, day and night, for nine years from 1964 to 1973. That’s nearly two million tonnes of bombs – over half a tonne of bombs for every man, woman and child living in Laos.
Around a third of the population of Laos was killed, injured or made homeless by the air war – approximately a million people."
http://www.bombharvest.com/background.html
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Vietnam Chicken Intersection

30 SECOND VIDEO CLICK ME PLEASE

Fairy tale wat on the klong.
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Fairy tale wat on the klong.

A more humble spirit house, spirit houses are ubiquitous.
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A more humble spirit house, spirit houses are ubiquitous.

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While semi-lost looking for a canal connection, struggling in the heat and jet-lag, I walked from behind and stumbled on this! No one else was around! Guess there is one of these in the middle of BKK too, I like the one I found.
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While semi-lost looking for a canal connection, struggling in the heat and jet-lag, I walked from behind and stumbled on this! No one else was around! Guess there is one of these in the middle of BKK too, I like the one I found.

Reclining Buddha Thonburi 2002
Reclining Buddha Thonburi 2002
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Old Man at Wat
Old Man at Wat
Famous KSR, Khao San Road, a very very busy place, note backpacker, this IS backpacker street
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Famous KSR, Khao San Road, a very very busy place, note backpacker, this IS backpacker street

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In Vietnam! This little cafe with awesome veggie spring rolls was where I ate most meals, old Conroy's Pub doesn't get much action, like most establishments in Danang that I went to.
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In Vietnam! This little cafe with awesome veggie spring rolls was where I ate most meals, old Conroy's Pub doesn't get much action, like most establishments in Danang that I went to.

This whole beach could be called 'China Beach' where Marines first landed in VN, there is debate about which part is which, many call the far end, where you can see the bump of Marble Mountain, China Beach, this end they were calling 'My(me) Khe(kay) Beach', my room was $16/night.
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This whole beach could be called 'China Beach' where Marines first landed in VN, there is debate about which part is which, many call the far end, where you can see the bump of Marble Mountain, China Beach, this end they were calling 'My(me) Khe(kay) Beach', my room was $16/night.

My first night in VN heard all this drumming, must have been some full moon kid's dragon dance practice or something, the moon on the water was really something sitting outside at the ?pub.
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My first night in VN heard all this drumming, must have been some full moon kid's dragon dance practice or something, the moon on the water was really something sitting outside at the ?pub.

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Some artwork in the converted tea warehouse, fascinating place. The whole town suffered a flood some years ago and displayed marks to show how high water had got. Town itself was not touched in the war and was a small international Hong Kong-like trading center till river silted up.
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Some artwork in the converted tea warehouse, fascinating place. The whole town suffered a flood some years ago and displayed marks to show how high water had got. Town itself was not touched in the war and was a small international Hong Kong-like trading center till river silted up.

Hoi An has big Chinese influence, note the Chinese Latern skeletons juxtaposed on the French Windowed House. I like this photo.

The streaks of rain are in many of these photos, gives you an idea how heavy the rain was. The prospect of riding back the 30km on motobikes in the rain lent an air of adventure to the outing. Turned out the rain off an on anyway, let up a few kilometres north of town. But then there are always large trucks and learning to properly learn to use one's motobike horn for adventure.
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Hoi An has big Chinese influence, note the Chinese Latern skeletons juxtaposed on the French Windowed House. I like this photo.

The streaks of rain are in many of these photos, gives you an idea how heavy the rain was. The prospect of riding back the 30km on motobikes in the rain lent an air of adventure to the outing. Turned out the rain off an on anyway, let up a few kilometres north of town. But then there are always large trucks and learning to properly learn to use one's motobike horn for adventure.

Threshing rice in the middle of an intersection, Forest asked these people and apparently they said they make like a dollar a day or so.
Electric Street Threshers

Threshing rice in the middle of an intersection, Forest asked these people and apparently they said they make like a dollar a day or so.

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The gym where I spent most of my time, 8-11,1-4pm or so.
The Clinic

The gym where I spent most of my time, 8-11,1-4pm or so.

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