The general narrative about our involvement in Vietnam is one of shame, opposition and bloodshed based on an accepted lie. Not all of that is strictly true.
1968’s infamous Chicago riot saw democracy pushed forward with a police baton…it was also my visceral introduction to American politics.
The stark image of a father and daughter’s failed odyssey to America has rightly shocked the world. But those who immortalise these scenes are deeply scarred by what they capture.
It’s almost been 50 years since I fought in the Vietnam War, 50 years since I shot that man for this country. However, while he’s buried and gone, he’s with me too.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve been inundated with 1,600 requests to perform in Miss Saigon. Yet still, as an Australian of Vietnamese descent, if you consider the industry whitewashed, I call it a tsunami.