Vietnamese Life


The Vietnamese language was impossible to understand and limited our interactions to those Vietnamese that spoke English. A small number of French, English and Vietnamese words and a numbering system from 1 to 10 were the verbal tools we used when someone did not speak English. The numbering system was a sham because if you were not #1 (good) then you were #10 (bad), if they used any other number, you were #10, but they did not want to tell you. I left Vietnam not understanding it and what we were doing there from the Vietnamese point of view. I saw they worked very hard and struggled to eat enough. My interactions were mostly with village and rural people so my comments apply to them.

The final 11 pictures were taken by a college roommate, Clark Chipman, when he visited Vietnam as a tourist. The first 4 are taken in the Cao Dai “Vatican” in Tay Ninh, the next 4 are traps for American tourists that want to “learn about the war” and the final 3 are the “Black Virgin’s” ode to tourism.



Family Market

No thanks

Respected Elder


Repair Shop


Busy Street

Tay Ninh City

Main Drag

City life

Village Road

Shaded lane


Big ones

Move On

Local traffic

VIP Home

Big Shot

Flying Low

Moving fast

Dirt Floor

Why sweep?

Ice Vendor

Soda also


Cao Dai

Lesser Gate

Come In


Art work

Main Gate


Detailed Decoration

Church of RGB

Out of Place


Sees All

Don't blink

Last Ride


Final Place

Long sleep


Keep out


Ever present

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