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.
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.
Every Generation gets fooled by an idea that turns out to be a con. For me, it was the war in Vietnam.
It has been 49 years since the infamous massacre at Mỹ Lai, yet the manner that it was accepted by the public still serves as a lesson today.
The last time a great voice was raised in protest, our Government was sending people to an unwanted war via conscription. Geoff Mullen said no, and was jailed for his efforts.
The passing of Muhammad Ali should not be mourned, as the winding narrative of Ali will continue to dance long after the collective epitaph.
As someone who served in Vietnam, the reaction to my service has changed markedly, but the future is away from the past.