The new documentary, Viet Nam: 365 Days, provides a unique lens into one soldier’s journey via personal photos he took during wartime and detailed recollections 50-plus years later. Shared on his popular Instagram page and, now, on film, the story of Army veteran Michael “Mike” Mirell begins in 1967, when the teenage surfer from the San Fernando Valley was drafted to serve in the army. Mirell was a carefree kid whose biggest concern was catching waves in Malibu, and after years of fighting for country in Vietnam he returned to the U.S. a changed man. Without taking sides, his feed and now this feature-length independent doc give an unvarnished and compelling view of the human side of the war. L.A. Weekly spoke with the film’s director and co-producer Chris Engles in advance of its Aug. 1 premiere. (Mike Mirell) L.A. Weekly: How did the idea for the documentary come about? How do you feel it stands out from other docs or films about the Vietnam War? Chris … [Read more...] about Viet Nam: 365 Days is a Nuanced Look at the Human Side of War
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For the past 42 years, Anthony Carraturo buried painful memories of fighting in Vietnam. He got married, had a daughter and a 25-year career with the city's Sanitation Department. "I just didn't want to think about that place anymore," said the 63-year-old Staten Island man. Those battlefield memories came alive again Monday when Carraturo was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat on April 2, 1967. "It's something that was a long time overdue," said Carraturo after accepting his medal from Rep. Michael McMahon at a ceremony in New Dorp. "It's like a closure." Carraturo was just 19 when he was injured by enemy fire while serving with the 11th Armored Cavalry's Blackhorse unit, a search-and-destroy reconnaissance team. Heavy gunfire knocked Carraturo unconscious. He was treated for head trauma at a field hospital and went back into battle after just 10 days, spending a total of 13 months in combat. "Certain things about Vietnam are very private and I … [Read more...] about Staten Island veteran gets Purple Heart for injury received in Viet Nam: ‘It’s like a closure’
Joe Yonan, The Washington Post Published 7:35 am PDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Photo: Photo By Greg Powers For The Washington Post. Food Styling By The Washington Post's Bonnie S. Benwick. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Vermicelli Noodles With Turmeric and Tofu. Vermicelli Noodles With Turmeric and Tofu. Photo: Photo By Greg Powers For The Washington Post. Food Styling By The Washington Post's Bonnie S. Benwick. Too hot to boil water?Try a noodle alternative. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In the summer, I welcome any noodle dish that doesn't require setting a pot of water to boil. I found one in Cameron Stauch's new book, "Vegetarian Viet Nam" (W.W. Norton, 2018) that does even more: It uses a sauce made from fresh turmeric, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar to give rice vermicelli noodles a gorgeous golden hue … [Read more...] about Too hot to boil water?Try a noodle alternative.
Editor's note: This is a Vietnamese translation of a column that originally ran in English. Sáu năm trước, tôi ngồi ở ghế nhân chứng tại toà án Quận Thurston và không giữ được sự bình tĩnh. Tôi không còn nhớ câu hỏi của luật sư đã khiến nước mắt tôi trào ra, nhưng tôi nhìn chằm chặp vào người đàn ông đã công khai làm nhục bố tôi, ông Đức Tân, bằng lời cáo buộc sai quấy cho ông là Việt cộng nằm vùng. Tôi đã thốt lên, “Làm sao ông có thể làm điều đó hả?” Trong lúc tôi làm nhân chứng … [Read more...] about 40 năm sau cuộc chiến Việt Nam, hãy vươn lên khỏi trò ‘chụp mũ’
First time in VIETNAM - First impression of VIETNAM 🇻🇳 published: 27 Sep 2018 views: 330661 Traveling to Vietnam ? If you have never been in Vietnam before, knowing what you can expect from Vietnam is important to better plan you vacation / trips. Vietnam was actually one of the highlights of our trip. From culture, food, people, scenery, Vietnam literally has everything to offer everyone. The main first impression in Vietnam that you will get is that you will probably shock/surprise on how cheap it is to travel in Vietnam, which make it perfect for budget travel / backpackers who first time traveling to Southeast Asia. In this video, we reveal our first impression on out trip in Vietnam together as a mixed traveling couple. We covers the first impression aspect on Vietnamese food, Vietnamese people, traffic condition as well as social norm of Vietnam; culture, hanging out, and of course the first impression on prices which you can find more in this travel video on … [Read more...] about UN allows North Koreans to travel to Việt Nam