October 23rd Class Reflection

During today’s English class we began to touch on “Green Rice”. We were introduced to many of the scenarios that took place during the Vietnam War. For starters, we were introduced to women’s participation in the war. Unlike traditional combat where women were employed to produce weaponry, they were now playing the same role as men on the battlefield and coordinating attacks. Furthermore, my group was assigned an article where we read about the experiences of women Vietnam War veterans who shared their individual experiences in the war. The common theme was that they were all ill and sick in health to some extent, yet their sheer patriotism and love for their country motivated them to carry on.

 

We also touch base on some of the detrimental effects that the weapons used in the war had on civilians and soldiers. The first one was an herbicide chemical called Agent Orange. It was used primarily to strip the forest of their foliage and reveal the Vietnam soldiers, known as “Gorillas”. This application of chemical warfare brought upon a huge crisis to the future generation of the Vietnamese population as there newborn was highly likely to have a birth defect if their parents were exposed to this chemical.

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