History of the Vietnamese Flags
         Prior to the French Revolution in 1789, the form of government of most countries in the world was parliamentary or monarchical, where the King or Queen and their relatives ruled the country and possessed most of the national properties. After the revolution, in 1793, the French Parliament selected three colors to symbolize their national flag. The color blue represents "freedom," the white stands for "equality," and the red is for "fraternity." The connotations of the three colors of the French national flag are complementary to common popular human goals. Due to this reason other free and democratic nations, including the United States; have adopted red, white, and blue as the fundamental colors for their national flags. (Read more...)
                 Sài gòn ơi,
               Tôi xin hứa rằng tôi trở về,
               Người tình ơi, tôi xin giữ trọn lời thề
               Dù thời gian có là thoáng đam mê
               Phố phường vạn ánh sao mê
               Nhưng tôi vẵn không bao giờ quên.  (Read more...)
THE ORIGINS OF SAIGON
         For centuries, the present day central and South Vietnam were populated by the Chams and Khmers respectively. From the twelfth century onward, Prey Nokor was a small and secondary fishing village on the Khmer kingdom's eastern seaboard. As their southern and main port of Mang Kham (Ha Tien) became threatened by bandits and the Siamese, the Khmers turned their eyes to Prey Nokor that in time grew into their most important trading post and commercial port (Read more...)
Chronology of Saigon
Nghia M. Vo
+ ? Baigaur (Cham village)
+ ?1100 Prey Nokor (Khmer village)
+ 1623 Marriage of Vietnamese princess and Khmer King Chettha II
First Vietnamese outpost at Prey Nokor
+ 1647 Alexandre de Rhodes designed the quoc ngu
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Vietnam, Vietnam
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THE BOAT
         Since immemorial times, the image of a boat has evoked departure, separation, and loss. It causes many of us to break into tears because it evokes a disconnection of human bonding, no matter how temporary it was. One could not look at or think of it without a tightening of heart. Men who were understandably mystified by and afraid of the unknown tended to shy away from stepping on any boat. Despite forcing us to leave behind sweet memories, comfort and safety, a boat also takes us into the unknown, the un-chartered world. It therefore represents a connection between the known and the unknown. Those who liked to explore the unknown enjoyed using a boat to go here and there and to expand their horizon. (Read more...)
Saigon 1954-1975
    Vietnam 56 (view on Youtube)     Truong Xuan (view on Youtube)     Vietnam exodus 1965-75 (view on Youtube)
    1954 exodus (view on Youtube)     30-4-75 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 1 (view on Youtube)
    Saigon Déjà vu 2 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 3 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 4 (view on Youtube)
    Saigon Déjà vu 5 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 6 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 7 (view on Youtube)
    Saigon Déjà vu 8 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 9 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 10 (view on Youtube)
    Saigon Déjà vu 11 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 12 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 13 (view on Youtube)
    Saigon Déjà vu 14 (view on Youtube)     Saigon Déjà vu 15 (view on Youtube)     Saigon 1948 (Pictures) (click here to view)
    Saigon 1950 (Pictures) (click here to view)     Saigon 1961 (Pictures) (click here to view)  
External Links
    The saddest Day: April 30, 1975 (view on Youtube)
    Dat Nuoc Toi (view on Youtube)
    The Boat People (view on CBS)
    SAIGON Hello & Goodbye (click to view)
    Viet Nam - up to 1963 (click to view)
    Viet Nam - 1964 -1968 (click to view)
    Viet Nam - up to 1968 (Tet Mau Than) (click to view)
    Pierre Darcourt: Vietnam, Qu' as tu fait de tes Fils? (click to view)