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This Week @ CSEAS
April 14, - April 18, 2014

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Friday Forum:

April 18, 2014 - Nick Turse (Nation Institute Fellow and author of Kill Anything That Moves)
The Real American War in Vietnam
     Dr. Turse's presentation will be based on research for his latest book.
     Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by "a few bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to "kill anything that moves."
     Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington's long-suppressed war crime investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called "a My Lai a month."
     Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves, devastating and definitive, finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.

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On Campus Events:

Film Series for History 246: Southeast Asian Refugees of the Cold War. All films are free and open to the public.
Documentary Film: Oh, Saigon (2007; 60 minutes)
Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 pm. 1111 Humanities Building

Southeast Asia Research Group Meeting
Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 pm. Room 336 Ingraham Hall
Presentations by Nick Zeller and Will Shattuck

  • Nick Zeller: "Against Contingency in Hydropower Development: Thailand's Bhumibol Dam and Capital's Historical Dynamic"
  • Will Shattuck: "Southern Exposure: Rubber Trees and (Surplus) Values in Northern Thailand"

Conversation Tables:

Thai Conversation Table
Wednesday, April 16, 4:30-5:30 pm, Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
For more information, contact Varangkana Pusiripinyo, yunarok@hotmail.com

Vietnamese Conversation Table
Thursday, April 17, 4:00-5:00 pm. 1244 Van Hise Hall.
For more information, contact Hong Thi Dinh, hdinh@wisc.edu

Filipino Language Table
Friday, April 18, 5:00 pm, Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
For more information, contact Ma. Aurora (Mara) Joaquin, joaquin@wisc.edu




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Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1397
phone: (608) 263-1755
fax: (608) 263-3735
e-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu