(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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To fight against Communist groups in Laos and Vietnam, CIA operatives begin clandestine activities in Laos in 1953, and eventually form alliances with the Hmong, who are led by Major General Vang Pao (Royal Lao Army). Such covert war-making, known…

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United States orchestrates a repatriation agreement with Cambodia on 22 March 2002 to facilitate the deportation of Cambodian Americans. The U.S. had passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant…

In the United States, Congress passes the “Cambodian Genocide Justice Act” (22 U.S. Code §2656, Sec. 571-574) on 30 April 1994, which provides funding for a Cambodian Genocide Program at Yale University. Eventually, this organization becomes the…

The Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Party (KPRP)–a pro-Vietnamese party–wins parliamentary elections in the People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) on 1 May 1981. The international community, guided by the United States’s postwar…

In the 1980s, with no infrastructure, faced with poverty and famine, 510,000 Cambodians flee to neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. Almost 150,000 Cambodian refugees, aided by the passage of the 1980 Refugee Act, find asylum in the United States.

There were numerous protests in the United States against the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. The most famous protest occurred at Kent State, where on 4 May 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire and killed four student protesters.

Former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy makes an unofficial visit to Cambodia and Angkor Wat from 2-8 November 1967. During the visit, Prince Sihanouk reiterates Cambodia’s neutral stance via the Vietnam War.

In 1995, the U.S. opens normal diplomatic relations with Viet Nam. Việt Nam opens an embassy in Washington, D.C., on 5 August 1995, and the U.S. Embassy opens in Hà Nội the following day.

On 3 February 1994, President Bill Clinton lifts the U.S. trade embargo against Việt Nam that was in place since 1964, allowing U.S. firms to export to Việt Nam and to compete for business opportunities in Việt Nam that had been previously…

The United Nations convenes the Geneva Conference on 20-21 July 1979, resulting in agreements with Southeast Asian countries to provide temporary first asylum to the refugees, Vietnam to promote orderly departures under the ODP rather than permit…
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