(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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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…

On 10-12 November 2003, Việt Nam's Defense Minister Phạm Văn Trà meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Washington. This is the first time a senior Vietnamese Communist military official has visited the U.S.

On 22 November 2003, the U.S. Navy missile frigate USS Vandegrift docks in the port of Hồ Chí Minh City, a symbolic act aimed at boosting relations between Việt Nam and the United States. Many of the crew are sons and daughters of Việt Nam War…

Often offended by the usage of the Vietnamese Communist flag at many universities, local schools and cities to represent the Vietnamese American community, Vietnamese Americans throughout the U.S. begin to collectively address the issue. In October…

The last Vietnamese refugee camp, Pillar Point in Hong Kong, is closed on 31 May 2000, marking the official end of the Vietnamese refugee crisis for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

On 16-19 November 2000, President Bill Clinton visits Việt Nam, becoming the first U.S. president to do so since Richard Nixon’s visit in 1969, during the height of the Việt Nam War.

In Westminster, CA, on 15 January 1999 (just before the Tết holidays) Little Saigon video store owner Trường Văn Trần sparks rallies drawing as many as 15,000 against his displaying of the flag of Communist Việt Nam and a picture of the…

On 31 December 1999, Việt Nam and China sign the China-Vietnam Land Border Treaty. The agreement settles most of the outstanding border disputes along the two countries' common 740-mile border, eight years after normal relations were reestablished…

On 3 January 1997, Hong Kong closes its infamous Whitehead Detention Center, which held 29,000 Vietnamese refugees at the height of the crisis. On 8 May 1997, the last of Vietnamese boat people to voluntarily return home from Hong Kong board a UN…
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