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Becoming Refugee AmericanThe Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon$
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Phuong Tran Nguyen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041358

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041358.001.0001

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The Anticommunist Việt-Cộng

The Anticommunist Việt-Cộng

Freedom Fighters and the New Politics of Rescue

(p.77) 4 The Anticommunist Việt-Cộng
Becoming Refugee American

Phuong Tran Nguyen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter resurrects the infamous history of shadowy US-based anti-communist insurgent forces modelled on Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters.” Often disparaged as the quintessential “bad refugee” that brought the Vietnam War to America, as evidenced by the unsolved murders of several Vietnamese journalists suspected of communist ties, the members of the “resistance movement” were actually being “good refugees” as defined by the secret Cold War policies of the Reagan Administration.

Keywords:   resistance movement, freedom fighters, Reagan Doctrine, the Front, Cold War, anticommunism, Vietnam Syndrome, neoconservatism

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