WHY THIS SITE?
The Vietnam years were profoundly traumatic for millions of people and
consequently for American society and culture, and the legacy of that
wrenching period is still very much with us. Examining the impact of the
war is key to understanding who we are today as individuals and moving
forward as a society.
Many factors have prevented us from looking at Vietnam until now. But
today, 20 years after the war's end, we are perhaps ready to listen to each
other's stories. Doing so can help bridge the divisions that still lie
beneath the surface and, if we can listen to each other on Vietnam, perhaps
we can learn to communicate on other divisive issues as well.
Until recently, there's been no place for a dialogue across
differences. But behind the hype about the Internet as a democratic medium,
there is a real but largely untested potential. It can be both a gathering
place for complex personal stories and an opportunity to listen and respond
to people with very different experiences.
We'd like to include your story. How has your life TODAY been affected
by the Vietnam era? How are you different as a result? How has it affected
your values, your relationships, your children or parents, your politics,
your livelihood, your attitudes towards life and death, your philosophy of
life? *What would you want your children and descendants to know about how
Vietnam affected you -- and therefore them?*
We await your response with interest and anticipation.