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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271092

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271092.001.0001

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Feeling the way out

Feeling the way out

(p.135) Feeling the way out

Trinh T. Minh-ha

Fordham University Press

This chapter details the personal experiences of those in the line of combat, with a particular focus on Vietnam and the battle of Điện Biên Phủ. It describes the setting of the battle and the sobering prelude to future U.S. military defeat, particularly the subterranean warfare employed by the Viet Cong. The chapter then looks to the psychological costs of having been involved in the conflict in Vietnam, and how soldiers today are haunted by their experiences. Here the chapter asserts that, “[a]nimalizing the human other goes hand in hand with humanizing the animal.” In addition, the chapter also looks into the much debated mantra, “boys don't cry,” in the context of war veterans still coping with their “walking nightmares.”

Keywords:   Vietnam, Điện Biên Phủ, war veterans, combat experience, subterranean warfare, the other, boys don't cry

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