Archive for August 25, 2010

Oops! General Giap is Still Alive, Turns 100 Today!

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics with tags on August 25, 2010 by Ian Pham

Five months ago, I wrote an article to commerate the life of General Vo Nguyen Giap, one of the original members of the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Recently however, I discovered that he is very much alive, and that he is turning 100 years old today!

General Giap is one of the few members of the Communist Party that I have a lot of respect for.   He was a patriot, joining Ho Chi Minh for the sake of Vietnam and not for the sake of Communism.  As the more enlightened member of the Communist Party, he advocated normalizing relations with the U.S. after the war, as well as utilizing the talented manpower of South Vietnam.  Sadly, he was politically out-maneuvered by Le Duan and marginalized to the Department of Womens’ Health.

Even so, General Giap stays resilient, voicing his disapproval for the crimes of Nong Duc Manh and Nguyen Tan Dung, the current rulers of Vietnam today.  For someone who has lived for so long, it is amazing to me how he can still think so clearly.  I simply feel the need to correct my own mistake and clarify that Vo Nguyen Giap is still alive.  I also want to wish General Giap a happy 100th birthday, he deserves it.