Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 10:48:48 -0800 (PST)

Progressive Historian Ngo Vinh Long on Vietnam

Irvine -- Uncovering a progressive history hidden from most Americans (including Vietnamese Americans), Subversity, a public affairs program on KUCI, this evening presents an interview with an early opponent of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, Prof. Ngo Vinh Long.

The show airs from 4-5 p.m. this afternoon (Tuesday, February 13, 2001) on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County and is simultaneously Web-cast at This is the new time and day for Subversity.

Prof. Ngo is currently a Fulbright scholar at Hanoi, Vietnam, where he lectures at various universities and public events. He teaches history at University of Maine. In the 1960s, Ngo was a student activist opposing the puppet regime in Saigon. In 1964 he became the first Vietnamese admitted to Harvard, but even then, he was a critic of the impending American military "invasion" of Vietnam. A committed nationalist, he went on to represent Vietnamese students in the U.S. in opposing imperialism. Studying under many of American architects of the war, he sought the creation of a "third force" in South Vietnam.

He is a co-founder of the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars; the author of Before the Revolution: The Vietnamese Peasants under the French (MIT Press, 1973); and did the translations for Vietnamese Women in Society and Revolution: The French Colonial Period (Cambridge: Vietnam Resource Center, 1974). He is co-editor of Coming to Terms: Indochina, the United States, and the War (Westview Press, 1991). He is credited in the PBS series, "Vietnam: A Television History" for providing the "interpretation" for the series. He is also co-author of Nong Nghiep, Nong Thon Trong Giai Doan Cong Nghiep Hoa, Hien Dai Hoa [Agriculture and Rural Society in the Period of Industrialization and Modernization], Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Chinh Tri Quoc Gia [National Politics Publishing House], 1997. He contributed "Vietnamese Perspectives" to the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War (edited by Stanley Kutler, Scriber's, 1996). His "China: Ten Years After the Tiananmen Crackdown" appeared in the December 1999 issue of New Political Science.

In an interview conducted last Monday in Hanoi, host Dan Tsang chats with Ngo about his history of activism in Vietnam and the United States, and discusses why he sees the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a potential forum for Third World countries (like Vietnam) to resist U.S. economic dictates.

The interview is the latest in a series of recent Subversity programs that have focused on the Vietnam War, including interviews with authors of new books on the period and on Ho Chi Minh. Those recent interviews are available on Real Audio on the Subversity Web-site (see below).

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