Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saigon, Vietnam - Nam Bo Women's Museum




I visited the Nam Bo Women's Museum in Saigon and I think if you're interested in the history of the country and who proved the most proficient at kicking butt, you need to visit this fascinating place. After seeing the different aspects of women's lives in Vietnam, I've come to the conclusion that every war was probably won on the backs of their incredible strength and ingenuity as support and back-up.

Nam Bo Women's Museum

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Nam Bo Women's Museum
Nam Bo Women's Museum
Nam Bo Women's Museum
Nam Bo Women's Museum
Nam Bo Women's Museum


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What leads me to this conclusion are the many pictures of the women who contributed to the war effort. They show women bringing supplies to the frontlines, sewing uniforms, making guns and artillery, digging trenches, nursing troops, housing and feeding troops, helping dig out the tunnels, tending the ricefields, sharpening bamboo sticks for booby-traps, signalling the Viet Ninh with lights when they were crossing rivers, sending radio messages, and mining the roads the American GI's used.


Nam Bo Women's Museum
Nam Bo Women's Museum
Nam Bo Women's Museum


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And if one of their own didn't get with the program, he might lose his life, too.
This is the "shortgun colt 7.65 that Mrs. Nguyen Thi Goc Linh, a female Saigon ranger, used to kill unpatriotic Hien Si, on 18th February 1946."

Nam Bo Women's Museum