Tran Van Chuong

Wednesday, October 16, 1963

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Tran Van Chuong, Ambassador of South Vietnam, and his wife, discuss the tragedy of Vietnam. They talk about the political crises, Buddhists, the war, American misinterpretations, and misuse of American aide. He warns the United States that the current Diem government is to blame. Questions and answers.

Host introduces the head table. The Ambassador says the situation in Saigon is darker than people realize. Buddhist crisis. Michigan State University's work with Vietnam. The situation in Vietnam is more serious now than 10 years ago. References a news report by David Halberstam.

Q&A: Present itinerary? Resignation? His daughter (Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu)? Buddhist monks, torture. Are there people to step in to power if the government steps down? A mysterious letter? Why have the [Buddhist monks'] suicides not been stopped by the authorities when they were known about beforehand? Why did the Foreign Minister of the Vietnamese government resign; was he a hoodlum or Communist inspired? New president of Vietnam? Why did he not resign months ago? How is American aid being misused? Is South Vietnam mostly Buddhist?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70498
Municipal archives id: T605


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