Comments by Individual Viewers of PBS Vietnam Series
Comments on the PBS series from a variety of individuals.
Donald VothThere is a glaring error in segment 5. While discussing the rise of president Ngo Dinh Diem, narrator says, as I recall "There has never been a separate, southern government of Vietnam." Anyone who knows even the most elementary stuff about the history of Vietnam knows that, starting in 1558, the southern, Nguyen, dynasty was established in direct conflict with the Trinh dynasty in the north, and that they fought each other more or less regularly, from 1600 until 1800, and that the southern regime actually became a dynamic and wealthy state, completely overwhelming the Trinh dynasty in the North. Else what the hell was Hue about? It's so obvious I surely don't need to cite sources, eh? The error is not trivial, it must surely be celebrated by the current regime in Hanoi, which seeks to downplay any and all accomplishments by the southern Nguyen dynasty whenever possible.
Donald E. Voth, Ph. D.Professor of Rural Sociology, EmeritusUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR4323 Balcon Ct., NWAlbuquerque, NM 87120
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