In Nothing Ever Dies, Nguyen has written a powerful meditation on the manner in which memories are produced, cultivated, even empowered and subdued, but Vietnam is only one vehicle to document these memory-making (and unmaking) processes.
If all we take away from the book is a greater understanding of how Vietnam is alternately remembered or forgotten, surely we have missed Nguyen’s most potent lesson.
Date: 22 September 2016 Venue: Melia Hotel , 44B Ly Thuong Kiet street, Ha Noi Mr.
You may know that this is a follow-up of a visit of an inter-sectoral delegation to New Zealand to learn about the decriminalization of sex work in New Zealand, in December 2015.Beyond the Vietnam War itself (known to the Vietnamese as the American War), the book asks us to look honestly at how we represent war, both how we remember it and what we choose (consciously or unconsciously) to forget in making those memories.Nguyen doesn’t write to excoriate the memory-makers, their industry, or even those “passively” (debatably so) taking part in the industry of memory.Research by the UN in 2009 shows that the HIV epidemic in Viet Nam is still in a concentrated phase, with a high prevalence among most-at-risk populations.Female sex workers have the third highest HIV prevalence as a group, after injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men. Born in Hue and married to an overseas Vietnamese (or ‘Viet Kieu’) when she was 22, Trang dreamed about starting a wonderful new life in America where her husband had grown up.