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Teaching Asia: Vietnam Through Cinema

Teaching Asia: Vietnam Through Cinema

In June of 1995, the Southeast Asia Program collaborated with the other Asia National Resource Centers at Cornell in the development and implementation of the teacher training program entitled "Teaching Asia Through Cultural Media." Geared to secondary educators, this three-day program presented a range of speakers that examined Asian cultures through literature, music, the cinema, archaeology and popular culture mediums. As part of the program schedule, the Southeast Asia Program featured "Vietnam through Cinema," which explored the way film shapes our images of Vietnam and the Vietnamese. This session was presented by Dr. Anne Foster, a SEAP Visiting Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in history from Cornell in 1995 with a focus on U.S. Southeast Asia relations. Having taught a college-level course on a similar topic, Dr. Foster authored the materials that follow, which she adapted to the curricular needs of the secondary school social studies teacher. The Southeast Asia Outreach Program thanks Dr. Foster for this and numerous other contributions she has made in an effort to extend the resources of the Program to the public at large.