I can't recommend it. King knew that the only way to save a racially divided America from itself was to have white Americans listen to Black people, and he knew the only way to save an imperial America from itself was to have Americans listen to those it normally prefers to kill and silence through massive firepower, whether ordered by the Pentagon or Hollywood. On the other hand, I feared that Lee, despite being a Black American with a We can’t do it without you. by Viet Thanh Nguyen (live review via Facebook posts and tweets)I A big congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen, who is joining the Pulitzer Prize Board as its first Asian-American and Vietnamese-American member. 404D Taper Hall While acknowledging the massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians is important, it is also a clumsy exercise in American guilt that relegates the Vietnamese to victimhood, which is how Americans prefer to remember them, except when they remember them as Viet Cong. Don't believe me, read Ngay ト黛コァu trailer n盻ッ di盻�n viên Ngô Thanh Vân ト�ã xu蘯・t hi盻�n dニー盻嬖 vai di盻�n Hannah Hanoi, m盻冲 phát thanh viên n盻品 ti蘯ソng trong th盻拱 k盻ウ chi蘯ソn tranh. 窶廬窶冦 glad the movie focuses on Black experiences, and on Black returning soldiers,窶� Nguyen tweeted while viewing the film on June 16th. Watching “Vietnam War” movies is my own personal “Groundhog Day” experience, because I know, without fail, how Hollywood will represent the Vietnamese and Americans. Knowing that it was filmed here in Saigon with some portions in Thailand, I looked forward to seeing contemporary Vietnam depicted in a major Hollywood movie 窶� and not just as a stand-in for a fictional place as in Kong: Skull Island . Quatre vétérans Afro-Américains de la guerre du Viêt Nam retournent dans la jungle du Viêt Nam des années plus tard. But Paul’s justification rings hollow when he says that if Black people can call themselves by the worst slur possible, he can use the Vietnamese slur. In this context, “Da 5 Bloods” rightfully deserves its moment as it recounts, in unique Spike Lee fashion, the experiences of some of the Black soldiers who fought in disproportionate numbers during a war whose racism cut both ways, against Black (and Brown and Indigenous) American soldiers and also against the Vietnamese (and Cambodians, Laotians and Hmong). Thanks to Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation for funding this site. Da 5 Bloods, d盻ア án m盻嬖 nh蘯・t c盻ァa ト黛コ。o di盻�n Spike Lee và Netflix có s盻ア góp m蘯キt c盻ァa ト黛コ」 n盻ッ Ngô Thanh Vân và Johnny Trí Nguy盻�n ト柁ー盻」c các nhà phê bình khó tính M盻ケ khen ng盻」i h蘯ソt l盻拱 v盻� c蘯」 hình th盻ゥc l蘯ォn n盻冓 dung. Would it even be a war story? Da 5 Bloods ト�ã ch盻ゥng minh r蘯アng hニ。n 3 th蘯ュp k盻キ sau Do the Right Thing, Lee ti蘯ソp t盻・c th盻� hi盻�n ト疎m mê và tài nトハg c盻ァa mình xuyên su盻奏 nh盻ッng b盻� phim c盻ァa anh. What is also crucial is the need to tell stories differently. Da 5 Bloods is a 2020 American war drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Spike Lee.It stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Johnny Trí Nguy盻�n, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jean Reno, and Chadwick Boseman.. "I consider Hollywood to be our country’s unofficial Ministry of Propaganda. Why? It’s an exercise I recommend to no one. Da 5 Bloods : Frères de sang streaming, (Da 5 Bloods) est un film de guerre dramatique américain réalisé par Spike Lee, sorti en 2020 exclusivement sur Netflix. Here we go with my live tweeting of Spike Lee's #Da5Bloods." Viet Thanh Nguyen, "I watched Da 5 Bloods so you wouldn't have to. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. I wrote about this in my 2015 novel, “The Sympathizer,” which includes a depiction of a Hollywood “Vietnam War” spectacle that looks suspiciously like “Apocalypse Now,” but with a little tweaking — change the white guys to Black guys — could be “Da 5 Bloods.” I created a narrator who was as complex as Delroy Lindo’s Paul, who spoke back in tragedy and anguish to American racism and imperialism. I feel almost churlish writing this, given the urgency of Black Lives Matter that Lee gestures to and given how Hollywood — and America in general — has mostly erased, ignored or distorted the history of Black people. Perhaps this is asking too much from a Black story, but it’s Lee himself who sets the high bar. After an extensive nominating process, the board chooses the winners from a list of finalists in each category and may additionally give a… (read more), Viet Thanh Nguyen gives a keynote speech at the “Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders” for the Japanese American Nation Museum The Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders, a free one-day event, kicks off on Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Japanese American National Museum. Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen窶冱 personal mission is to watch every Hollywood movie about the Vietnam War, but after viewing Spike Lee窶冱 Da 5 Bloods, he says he can窶冲 recommend it. Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen On What Spike Lee窶冱 窶魯a 5 Bloods窶� Gets Wrong Posted on July 1, 2020 Leave a comment 竊� Viet Thanh Nguyen joins Boston Public Radio on air to talk about the portrayal of Vietnamese people in Spike Lee窶冱 窶魯a 5 Bloods.窶� In June, film director Spike Lee released his latest project, 窶廛a 5 Bloods.窶� In one of the stranger twists in self-aggrandizement, Hollywood renders Americans as the antiheroes, which might seem odd given that Hollywood is America’s unofficial ministry of propaganda. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Tác ph蘯ゥm Da 5 Bloods (t盻アa Vi盻�t: Nトノ chi蘯ソn h盻ッu) là d盻ア án v盻� nhân v蘯ュt da màu ti蘯ソp theo c盻ァa ト黛コ。o di盻�n Spike Lee ti蘯ソp sau BlacKkKlansman (2018). In the American Nightmare, the severity of anti-Black racism is inseparable from the endurance of American imperialism. Your email address will not be published. Born in Vietnam but made in America, I have a personal and professional interest in Hollywood’s fetish about this war. Trailer phim Da 5 Bloods (2020) Netflix, nhi盻「 蘯」nh quay Vi盻�t Nam cùng Ngô Thanh Vân và Johnny Trí Nguy盻�n Posted on 19/05/2020 by adminminad Netflix ト�ã tung ra ト双蘯。n trailer chính th盻ゥc cho phim m盻嬖 c盻ァa ト黛コ。o di盻�n Spike Lee , Da 5 Bloods . Not to make them into angels, but instead to render them with the same kind of fully, three-dimensional capacity for good and terrible deeds.”. … I know it works with certain kind of conventions and protocols. Your email address will not be published. The sense that Vietnamese people must be victims also plays out in an episode where a vendor tries to force one of the Black veterans, Paul (played by Delroy Lindo), to buy a live chicken (something that no Vietnamese I know has ever heard of). We’re talking about a type of genre that helps Americans see the world in a particular way: centered around the U.S., centered around American experiences, ignoring how American foreign policy effects others," he said, adding "and I think this does effect American attitudes towards what we do politically and militarily overseas. 窶� viet thanh nguyen (@viet_t_nguyen) June 16, 2020 Within just a few minutes, we get to the crux of the problem with Da 5 Bloods: Perhaps the biggest issue with the entire Vietnam War film genre involves the poor representation of the Vietnamese people. Da 5 Bloods ト�ánh m蘯・t c蘯」m tình c盻ァa nhi盻「 khán gi蘯」 Vi盻�t. Boston schools will first bring 1,700 more students back to the classroom next week. Iowa City, Iowa 52240, (319) 338-5640 or kevin@tuesdayagency.com. New York, New York 10003, (212) 420-8585, To invite Viet to do a reading or lecture, please contact Kevin Mills of the Tuesday Agency, 132 1/2 East Washington The situation escalates rapidly and the vengeful native screams at the Black veterans that they killed his mother and father. "I think there’s a stereotype that Hollywood is a liberal enclave, which might be true in terms of people’s personal politics, but I don’t think it’s true in terms of what Hollywood puts on the screen,” he said. Andrew Davies' multi-award winning adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Regency romance. Making a “Vietnam War” movie in this classic mold, except with Black men, Lee cannot overcome the imperialism that is as American as slavery and genocide. Required fields are marked *. 窶廡uriously alive,窶� in the words of an LA Times review. The reason for this troubling treatment is simple: for Hollywood, and for Americans, it is better to be the villain or antihero rather than virtuous extra, so long as one occupies center stage. The release of Spike Lee窶冱 new film is the latest reminder of why America can never escape the memories and lessons of the Vietnam War era. He overlooks the more radical possibility that King outlined in “Beyond Vietnam” when he called on Americans to listen to the “voiceless ones.” King meant the Vietnamese, but the “voiceless ones” are anyone the United States confronts with its massive, multicultural war machine, including, now, Iraqis and Afghans. This is not an argument for more Vietnamese inclusion. For Americans, Hollywood turns a defeat by Vietnamese people into a conflict that is actually a civil war in the American soul, where Americans’ greatest enemies are actually themselves. December 5, 2020 "Where Spike Lee missed his opportunity is to show Vietnamese people with the same kinds of complexities. All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. I watched Da 5 Bloods so you wouldn't have to. Being a victim, over and over again, besides being traumatic in real life, is really boring onscreen, and Lee understands that basing a Black story on such an experience is a losing proposition. But the true urgency here is not only for self-representation and the need to recognize ourselves so that others will recognize us, too. In a particularly absurd moment, a Vietnamese gangster threatens the Black veterans as he recounts the My Lai massacre. Spike Lee窶冱 new movie Da 5 Bloods (June 12, Netflix) follows four African-American Vietnam veterans as they return to present-day Vietnam in search of their fallen squad leader and the promise of a buried treasure. On the one hand, I am an admirer of many of Lee’s movies. In a brilliant performance, Lindo becomes a kind of Black Ahab, driven by demons until he meets his fate. Da 5 Bloods ch蘯ッc ch蘯ッn s蘯ス khi蘯ソn khán gi蘯」 Vi盻�t Nam chú ý nh盻� nh盻ッng hình 蘯」nh quen thu盻冂. © 1997-2020 Viet Thanh Nguyen All Rights Reserved. What remains, however, is evidence that while Lee means well, he also does not know what to do with the Vietnamese except resort to guilty liberal feelings about them. The community celebration offers music, dance, art, speaker series,… (read more), Viet Thanh Nguyen So, when Spike Lee窶冱 new movie, 窶�Da 5 Bloods,窶� was announced, my feelings were mixed. Hence the marginalized Vietnamese continuing to serve their role as excuses for a Black drama staged against America’s Black-white divide. The film starts with the classic anti-racist, anti-imperialist quote from Muhammad Ali about the Viet Cong: “They never called me nigger.” It’s sad, then, that Paul’s response to the chicken seller is to call the Vietnamese “Gooks.” Yes, Black soldiers used this slur, and the slur says a great deal about Paul’s traumatized internalization of racism. It’s a demand that we recognize how decolonization and anti-imperialism are impossible if we keep reiterating the imperial country’s point of view, even from the minority perspective. In putting Black subjectivity at the center, Lee also continues to put American subjectivity at the center. ", Viet Thanh Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English , American Studies and Ethnicity and Comperative Literature at the University of Southern California, and the author of the Pulitzer-prize winning book 'The Sympathizer.'. This complex subjectivity is what white Hollywood has mostly denied Black people, and it is what they deserve. The reality, however, is that it is up to us to tell our own stories and create our own narrative plenitude. Nguyen detailed his thoughts in a June piece, published in The New York Times, titled "Vietnamese Lives, American Imperialist Views, Even in ‘Da 5 Bloods.’”, "I think what's basically missing is the perception of the Vietnamese people as humanity, pure and simple,” he said. Viet Thanh Nguyen live tweets Da 5 Bloods: "As always, it's a demand that you can't decolonize and de-imperialize if you keep reiterating the imperial country's point of view, even from the minority perspective. Nguyen said representation in Hollywood holds a unique power, because of the way that American movies and TV influence attitudes both in the U.S. and around the world. M盻嬖 ト�ây, Netflix cho ra m蘯ッt b盻� phim Da 5 Bloods (5 chi蘯ソn h盻ッu) ト�ã gây ト柁ー盻」c s盻ア chú ý l盻嬾 trong c盻冢g ト黛サ渡g yêu phim qu盻祖 t蘯ソ khi ト黛コ。t 窶愼黛サ� tニーニ。i窶� 92% trên Rotten Tomatoes và 7.2 ト訴盻ノ trên IMDb. Listen to the full episode of Boston Public Radio from December 9, 2020. A graduate of Emerson College with a B.A in journalism, his work has appeared on WBUR, KCRW, and The Marketplace Morning Report. 窶廣ll wars are fought twice,窶� Pulitzer-Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote, 窶徼he first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.窶� Da 5 Bloods is an evocative contribution to the memory of the Vietnamese battlefield. Support GBH. The Americans and the French, our former colonizers, are seen as walking wallets, not to be offended. Listen to the Rev. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. But so do the Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians and Hmong. Here we go with my live tweeting of Spike Lee's #Da5Bloods. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. I give Da 5 Bloods a lot of credit of giving perspective to the black soldiers and how they feel disenfranchised by their own country. The fact that most Americans know “I Have a Dream” but not “Beyond Vietnam” is testimony to the depth of American propaganda, the willingness of Americans to want to feel good about the American Dream and their reluctance to confront the American Nightmare. In June, film director Spike Lee released his latest project, “Da 5 Bloods.” The film tells a story about Black American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War, and has drawn a fair amount of critical praise for shifting focus away from white soldiers, who’ve typically inhabited central roles in movies about the war. 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As Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote in an article about Da 5 Bloods for the New York Times, 窶廡or Vietnamese people, as well as Laotians, Cambodians and Hmong, their role [in Hollywood films] is almost always that of the extra, their function: to be helpful, rescued, blamed, analyzed, mocked, abused, raped, killed, spoken for, spoken over, misunderstood or all of the above.窶� On the one hand, I am an admirer of many of Lee窶冱 movies. Department of English We couldn't do it without you. Monuments Project: Expanding the American Story, Catch Viet at one of these appearances in the coming months and say hello! His strategy in “Da 5 Bloods” echoes Francis Ford Coppola’s in “Apocalypse Now,” which he references often — reserve the starring role for American men who struggle with their own heart of darkness. Black people can call themselves whatever they wish; that is their right. It is bad manners to point out, as I have done, that we wouldn’t have needed rescuing by Americans if we hadn’t been invaded by Americans in the first place. “Da 5 Bloods” is a lesser Lee movie — honestly, it’s a mess — whose characterizations of Vietnamese people are inextricable from its political failures. Vietnamese Lives, American Imperialist Views, Even in ‘Da 5 Bloods’, decades-long struggle for Black talent in film, Francis Ford Coppola’s in “Apocalypse Now,”. The one who bought it was British. "And one of the most basic of those is that the Vietnamese people, or any other Southeast Asian person in these movies, are serving [as] sidekicks, or extras, or just props for the American drama,” he said. “Da 5 Bloods” clearly aspires to be a movie that jabs at American racism and imperialist warmongering, but whereas it succeeds at the former, it fails at the latter. ト脆ー盻」c ト黛コァu tニー kinh phí lên ト黛コソn g蘯ァn 45 tri盻�u USD, Nトノ chi蘯ソn h盻ッu là d盻ア án ト黛コッt ト黛サ� nh蘯・t c盻ァa nhà làm phim sinh nトノ 1957. Posted on June 24, 2020    On the one hand, I am an admirer of many of Lee窶冱 movies. The political ambitions of Lee’s movie are clear from the two Black intellectuals he includes at the beginning and ending. Email, For review copies or bookstore events, contact publicity@groveatlantic.com for The Sympathizer or The Refugees and Margaux Leonard of Harvard University Press for Nothing Ever Dies, Literary, translation, and film rights are handled by Nat Sobel at Sobel Weber Associates, 146 East 19 Street On the other hand, I feared that Lee, despite being a Black American with a powerful, necessary voice, would, in the end, be an American. So, when Spike Lee’s new movie “Da 5 Bloods” was announced, my feelings were mixed. Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai on Wednesday apologized in the aftermath of the dismissal of a prominent Black scientist whose ouster set off widespread condemnation from thousands of Google employees and outside researchers. Could his antiracist critique overcome the investment in American imperialism that most Americans have without knowing it? Unfortunately, I have watched almost every “Vietnam War” movie that Hollywood has made. "When we talk about movies like the Vietnam War movie genre, we’re not just talking about entertainment. Produced in Boston, shared with the world. Unlike Da 5 Bloods (which also has some feelings about Apocalypse Now窶ヲ), Lee窶冱 2008 film Miracle at St. Anna窶蚤bout the black 窶廝uffalo Soldiers窶� of the 92nd Infantry Division in WWII-era Italy窶背asn窶冲 at all a critical darling. On the other hand, I feared that Lee, despite being a Black American with a So, when Spike Lee窶冱 new movie 窶�Da 5 Bloods窶� was announced, my feelings were mixed. Charlie Brown Holiday Specials Are Coming To GBH This Season. Lee’s attempts to provide anti-racist alternatives — another Black veteran connecting with his mixed-race daughter, or a donation to a demining effort — fall under the category of liberal condescension, the rescue narrative with Black saviors instead of white ones. “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” Audre Lorde once wrote, and indeed, a war story that repeats a purely American point of view will just help ensure that American wars continue, only with more diverse American soldiers and ever-newer targets to be killed or saved. I stand with Black Lives Matter and against anti-Black racism, but still, as I watched the obligatory scene of Vietnamese soldiers getting shot and killed for the thousandth time, and as I felt the same hurt I did in watching “Platoon” and “Rambo” and “Full Metal Jacket,” I thought: does it make any difference if politically conscious Black men kill us? Dù phim không dành riêng cho khán gi蘯」 Vi盻�t nhニーng v蘯ォn không bi盻�n minh ト柁ー盻」c cho s盻ア qua loa 窶ヲ Viet Thanh Nguyen on BPR | July 1, 2020 In June, film director Spike Lee released his latest project, 窶廛a 5 Bloods.窶� I'm an admirer of many... See more of Viet Thanh Nguyen on Facebook If one can’t disentangle Black subjectivity from dominant American (white) subjectivity, it’s impossible to apply a genuine anti-imperialist critique. This is certainly true for what Americans call the “Vietnam War” and what the victorious Vietnamese call the “American War.” Both terms obscure how a war that killed more than 58,000 Americans and three million Vietnamese was also fought in Laos and Cambodia, killing hundreds of thousands more and leading directly to the Cambodian genocide. Phim Da 5 Bloods có "ト黛コ」 n盻ッ" Ngô Thanh Vân ト�óng ト柁ー盻」c chi蘯ソu s盻嬶 t蘯。i gi蘯」i Oscar 2021 蘯「nh: Instagram Trニー盻嫩 ト�ó, chính Vi盻�n Hàn lâm Khoa h盻皇 và Ngh盻� thu蘯ュt ト進盻�n 蘯」nh M盻ケ ト�ã phá v盻。 quy t蘯ッc ch蘯・m gi蘯」i Oscar khi cho phép phim chi蘯ソu tr盻アc tuy蘯ソn ト柁ー盻」c phép tranh gi蘯」i nhニー hình th盻ゥc phim chi蘯ソu r蘯。p. As Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote in an article about Da 5 Bloods for the New York Times, 窶廡or Vietnamese people, as well as Laotians, Cambodians and Hmong, their role 窶ヲ No. The novel was rejected by 13 out of 14 editors. Many American visitors to Vietnam remark in amazement that the Vietnamese have seemed to let the past go. In this context, 窶廛a 5 Bloods窶� rightfully deserves its moment as it recounts, in unique Spike Lee fashion, the experiences of some of the Black soldiers who fought in disproportionate numbers during a war whose racism cut both ways, against Black (and Brown and Indigenous) American soldiers and also against the Vietnamese (and Cambodians, Laotians and Hmong). Listen to the full episode of Boston Public Radio from December 8, 2020. Senay Emmanuel June 24, 2020 No Comments Da 5 Bloods race and culture Spike Lee Viet Nam Vietnam War CHARLOTTE TRUONG, WHO HAILS FROM VIETNAM, WRITES 窶� Recently, Netflix has stepped into the Asian movie market through collaborative works such as Kingdom of Korea and The Victim窶冱 Game of Taiwan . Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. While this might have happened, it’s extremely rare. This is true. This article contains major spoilers for Da 5 Bloods. “Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence,” King said, “when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves.”. It’s been a decades-long struggle for Black talent in film to tell Black stories with Black actors as stars and with Black writers, directors and producers behind the scenes. But we don’t get to call Black people a racial slur, and they don’t get to call us one either. “Da 5 Bloods” shows Black men as agents of their own destiny, capable of both heroism and horror, as we all are as human beings whose inhumanity is an inextricable part of ourselves. Black soldiers finally get their own story, but in one important respect, the film is no different from other Hollywood dramas that came before. When Spike Lee's newest movie was announced last year, I had high hopes. We have no time to hate Americans because we hate each other more, given that our war was actually a civil war (plus, the Vietnamese really hate the Chinese the most). WGBH News coverage is a resource provided by member-supported public radio. In this context, 窶廛a 5 Bloods窶� rightfully deserves its moment as it recounts, in unique Spike Lee fashion, the experiences of some of the Black soldiers who fought in disproportionate numbers during a war whose racism cut both ways, against Black (and Brown and Indigenous) American soldiers and also against the Vietnamese (and Cambodians, Laotians and Hmong). Aidan Connelly is a production assistant on Boston Public Radio. I suspect that one reason for these rejections is that for Vietnamese people, we are often only heard by Americans when we are apologetic for our existence and grateful for our rescue by Americans. 窶�Da 5 Bloods窶� co thê la mô t thニー nghiê m tha nh công cu a Spike Lee vニ。 i do ng phim chiê n tranh lâ y trung tâm la ngニーニ。 i li nh da ma u, nhニーng vニ。 i kha n gia Viê t Nam, phim ト�ê la i nhニー ng ha t sa n kho ト柁。 . Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354 As a result, the Vietnamese appear as the tour guide, the sidekick, the “whore,” the mixed-race child, the beggar and the faceless enemy, all of whom play to American desires and fears. In its own typically solipsistic, American-centered, whitewashed fashion, Hollywood has been waging this war on celluloid ever since John Wayne’s atrocious “Green Berets” in 1968, a film so nakedly propagandistic it could have been made by the Third Reich. Stream GBH's Award-Winning Content For Parents And Children. I can't recommend it. “Da 5 Bloods” remains a “Vietnam War” movie about fighting an American dirty war again, except that it puts Black men in the spotlight and it eliminates the worst of the anti-Asian, Yellow Peril racism that characterizes the genre. He will be presenting on his academic work or, at the literary events, reading from and talking about his most recent books: the novel The Sympathizer (2015), the cultural history Nothing Ever Dies (2016), the short story collection The Refugees (2017), and the children’s book Chicken of the… (read more), Viet Thanh Nguyen joins the Pulitzer Prize board as its first Vietnamese-American member. As King said, Black Americans were sent to “guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.” He condemned not just racism, but also capitalism, militarism, American imperialism, and the American war machine, “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” In another speech, he demanded that we question our “whole society,” which means “ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together.”, “Vietnam,” meaning the “Vietnam War,” continues to haunt this country, which was built on war and for war. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose important speech “Beyond Vietnam” is quoted at the film’s end. Leave a comment →. Other Americans won’t do it for us, even those Black Americans like Lee who understand too well the pain of narrative scarcity. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about how, despite the centering of Black voices, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods still falls into the trap of American imperialism in regard to its Vietnamese representation in this op-ed for the New York Times. But don’t listen to me. For Vietnamese people, as well as Laotians, Cambodians and Hmong, their role is almost always that of the extra, their function: to be helpful, rescued, blamed, analyzed, mocked, abused, raped, killed, spoken for, spoken over, misunderstood or all of the above. USC PAM Event: Southeast Asian Refugee Narratives, December 9, 2020 And isn’t that the story we should tell? American cinema and storytelling play their role in these wars, including our current “forever war,” by reiterating, again and again, the centrality of the American male soldier’s experience, mostly in white and now in Black. 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