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Why do the Vietnamese call it "The American War" ?

Why do the Americans call it the "Vietnam War" and the Vietnamese call it the "American War"? Please give me a generalized and a specific answer.

Q: The Vietnamese call it "The American War." What are all the ways in which it was, and is, "The American War?"

and also...

Q: What are the implications of people in the U.S. calling it the Vietnam War? How does that influence how people in Vietnam think about it?

These are the questions I don't understand.

I'd appreciate it if someone can give me a thorough answer. Thank you.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
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    The Vietnamese call it "The American War" because it was from their perspective and their struggle. The same reason why the Russians called their part in WW2 the "Great Patriotic War".

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  • 9 years ago

    Q: The Vietnamese call it "The American War." What are all the ways in which it was, and is, "The American War?"

    A) Most countries name their wars after their opponents. the British call their wars against the Dutch South Africans "the Boer Wars" , the United States calls it's war against Mexico " the Mexican-American war" etc.

    PS - the Vietnamese war against the French was called the "Anti-French Resistance War", which makes sense for the same reason

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It's simple, and you are trying to read to much into it....

    The Vietnamese called it the American War because there were American troops deployed to South Vietnam. There is nothing particularly prejudicial about the term,

    The Americana's called it the Vietnam War because Vietnam was the place where the war was taking place. Again, there is nothing particularly prejudicial about the term.

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  • Will
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    well its not like there has only been one war in Vietnam. I don't think there is any significance behind the name. It is simply the easiest way to describe it to each respective people.

    I think your professor/teacher is digging way too much into this... but its possible that he is trying to show how the NVA wanted to focus their attention not on the fact that they were fighting a civil war, but more on the fact that they were "liberating" the south by calling it the American War.

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  • doreen
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The Communist enemy used American students, entertainers, reporters and even some veterans to spread their propaganda in this country. It was a very successful effort which led to our withdrawing from VietNam.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    the cake is a lie

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