Someone needs to make the distinction of the atrocities she was speaking against and the orthodox warfare that restaurant owner obviously served under. When prostitutes are chopped up and thrown into trash bags, and civilians are tortured, someone needs to speak up against it.
Yes, I saw the recent Ken Burns documentary, but I’ve also taken Asian American and Asian studies courses for my humanities requirement in college. What I learned during wartime in the 20th Century on Asian soil was not pretty.
My term paper for Asian-American studies was about how about GenX children of Asian and Western heritage, it was difficult to for them to talk about their parents. I got evasive answers at every turn. Finally, one of my classmates who was fully Asian told me: The reason why their avoiding the question is because no one wants to tell you that their father was a G.I. and their mother was a prostitute.”
I was shocked. I was hoping to find a common thread between biracial African Americans and and biracial Asian-Americans and boy did I find it. Can any person of color get full respect from their Western partner. Asians and Asian Americans fought for respectability and won. They had to endure the “exotica myth”. A Japanese American friend of mine broke up with her Western boyfriend when she confronted him about his attraction to her and found her suspicions were true.
I expanded on this issue with my graphic novel, InBetween Days.
So , yeah, Jane Fonda stance on the Vietnam war is still valid. It’s just like with so much in journalism, the story of Vietnam is painted with a very broad brush. It takes those who suffer the most (especially in ways that don’t involve blood) to dig into the corners with an awl and pull out the details. Those storytellers are often women.