For my final project, I made a tumblr (http://chicanaogothic.tumblr.com/) about the Chicano/a Gothic. My tumblr acts as a companion to our class, featuring information on five of the six books we have read, as well as work towards defining what … Continue reading
I found this article online about a Vietnam War veteran who just recently received a medal of honor for his time as a soldier. Obama recently gave out 24 of these medals to soldiers from World War II, the Korean … Continue reading
Four veterans with PTSD return to Vietnam in 1999 Pt1
I found the video above on youtube from the 1999 documentary “Shellshocked”. In this clip, four veterans give accounts on their experiences returning home as well as their experiences returning back to Vietnam in order to “confront their demons”. I found this video relevant to the novel God’s Go Begging in which one can gain a better understanding of Jesse’s troubles. We see how veterans from the documentary often turn to drinking in order to drown out their flashbacks, just as Jesse does in the novel. One veteran was so delusional he even stuck a gun in his mouth and was found chewing on the end of the barrel while the gun was fully loaded.
In addition to the video being purely informative on PTSD, I also found that it raises one particular issue concerning our veterans. This issue is that of mental help. I find it odd that our government does not advocate for therapists or counselors when the veterans return to talk about how they are feeling and find ways to cope with the ptsd. Our soldiers have given all of themselves for this country and our wars, but nothing is implemented to make sure that after war, they will be alright. As one of the veterans stated, “Not all scars from the war are visible. Some are left in the mind”.
I found these images online of abandoned spaces in Vietnam. I found these relics of the war particularly haunting. In the first picture, of the abandoned guard towers, I could easily picture the conversation between Jesse and Hong. The picture … Continue reading
http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Potrero-Hill-Echoes-Vietnam-in-Murder-Mystery-3240048.php The importance of hills is quite apparent in Gods Go Begging. One of the hills with great recognition is the Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Known for its poor neighborhoods contributing to large gang activity and overall violence, Potrero … Continue reading
It is very interesting to analyze the visuals of Vietnam within “Gods Go Begging” because every stereotypical image of the Vietnam War can be found in this book. We see that the images of death with very visual scenes of … Continue reading
While considering how ‘Gods Go Begging’ gives us an insight into the geography of the Vietnam war and the psychology of the soldiers participating in it, I thought it would be interesting to look at art to supplement this. … Continue reading
One particular subject that struck me about Gods Go Begging is the power of women. Women serve as a catalyst of sorts—it is because of their deaths that the trial occurs and the reason it continues. Nevertheless, despite the fact … Continue reading
I found this short film by LMU film student, Thomas Myrdahl very informative. It shows point of views that Chicanos had during the time of the Vietnam War. More specifically, it talks about an event in East Los Angeles, the … Continue reading
http://www.c-span.org/video/?156770-1/vietnam-war-cultural-fallout I found a great C-Span video that has a panel of authors responding to a Q & A regarding their respective books for the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Each author presented the Vietnam War in different ways. Around … Continue reading