The Cornell University Veterans Colleague Network Group, Southeast Asia Program, and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies presents: Vietnam War Commemoration Program – Innocent Souls: Vietnam 1968
Art Gallery, Willard Straight Hall through November 30, 2016
“We are hosting the photographic collection of Glenn Hoover ’68, a Cornell alum and Vietnam veteran. Through Glenn’s lens, we can see the primitive living conditions of a divided and disrupted country on the other side of the world. We see the camaraderie among our servicemen and, occasionally, among the US combat troops and their hosts. We see that Easterners and Westerners could join together…not just militarily, but also in so many individual interactions. This book and the exhibition of photographs that it supports, features pictures captured in 1968 during the peak of a conflict that Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call The American War.
In Vietnam, the innocent soul was the 19-year-old Army draftee from Cortland, New York; the group of African American kids who loved singing songs more than shooting guns. It was also the conscript VC soldier forced to leave his village and fight for a cause he didn’t understand; the aging Mama-san; and the beautiful young girl selling chilled Coca Colas to tall men with guns dressed in green. It was also the members of a Montagnard tribe trying to find a new way after peacefully co-existing with nature for centuries before the arrival of foreigners with different ideas and their own agendas. They were all innocent souls in this war.”
170 Uris Hall through November 25, 2016
“Viet Nam Remembered is a photographic memoir of Vietnam from 1965-67. Hudanish served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam during those years. In his off-duty hours, Hudanish took his camera and took the photos that are now published into a book. Hudanish has donated a collection of these printed photos to the Southeast Asia Program.
The images Hudanish took were not about the war itself, but one that captures scenes of everyday life in what was then South Vietnam. It includes images from Saigon, Can Tho, Nha Trang, Kontum, and Pleiku.”