[Buddha-l] Western reporter's memoir about General Vo Nguyen Giap--article & photos

Jo ugg-5 at spro.net
Sun Oct 20 11:54:03 MDT 2013

Dan, Vietnam is distinctly unlike North Korea. I refer to the public
performances that were choreographed for the world's cameras when Kim Jong
Il died. 
General Giap got a state funeral indeed. The choreography was nothing like
that in N. Korea.
Was Ike a genuinely popular hero? Giap certainly was.

f-american-invincibility.html   or  http://tinyurl.com/mal3wa2 



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Giap--article & photos

> Some photos in links on this VietnamNet Bridge issue show a long line of
> Buddhists heading to pay their last regards. Seen among photos at this 
> link:
> eneral-vo-nguyen-giap-s-grave.html
> Joanna

One has to keep in mind that the ex-pat Vietnamese clergy in the US and 
Europe and elsewhere have been deeply suspicious of the clergy in Vietnam, 
accusing them of all sorts of complicities with the govt. and in being less 
than true Buddhists. Complicity issues are also leveled against Buddhist 
officialdoms in other Asian countries, such as China, Burma, Thailand, etc.,

so one much weave through such issues carefully. But one should be aware 
that the official clergy in Vietnam is govt. sanctioned, so that Buddhist 
officialdom tends to conform to the govt.

Though some efforts at reconciliation between the thriving Vietnamese 
Buddhist communities outside Vietnam and the Buddhist officialdom in Vietnam

have been made, there is still much distrust, as far as I know. Hence these 
ceremonies have to be looked at as required public performance with whatever

sincerety lies behind it as socially contrived.

(and please don't pretend it is 'just like here' -- it's not. Time to smell 
the difference.)


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