Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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The Freedom Movement and the War in Vietnam, No. 4, 1965

ROBERT S. BROWNE

Robert S. Browne taught economics at Fairleigh Dickinson University at the time this article appeared. He had lived in Vietnam and Cambodia from 1955 to 1961 while workingfor the U.S. foreign aid program. In 1965 he returned to Vietnam to lecture at the Buddhist University in Saigon, to evaluate the current Vietnamese political situation, and to visit friends and (his wife's) relatives. This was the first article against the Vietnam War published by a Black journal.

During the several years which I lived in Vietnam, I enjoyed an intimacy with Vietnamese life which was probably unique for an American. Although I could never escape the obvious truth that I was a foreigner, the fact that I was a non-white, Vietnamese-speaking member of a Vietnamese family, frequently made me privy to conversations intended only for Vietnamese ears [ Negro readers will readily understand what I mean] and provided me an unusual mea

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