This post was written by Cherish Picklyk, a graduate of the School of Disability Studies.
Ho chi ming City, VietnamPart 1- The War:
The Passion, Action, Vision to Destroy Lives to Win Power
This is not the most pleasant blog to read. It makes one uncomfortable. My goal is to take that discomfort and open a discourse.
If you are feeling happy, save this blog for another day…..
My purpose is to refresh western culture’s mind of its privileged status. And to evoke a greater cultural awareness in our everyday interactions working in human services- with our clients from all over the globe.
These photos capture events that didn’t happen all that long ago.
The United States declares war on Vietnam from 1962-1971 to combat communist aggression.
This mother and her children were all shot dead after this photo was taken. (Photo by quy Nhan, 1965)
Water boarding torture, dragging prisoners to death by army tanks, and worst or all tiger cages. No limits on measures taken to dominate another people.
California, United States
“My son died in vain. Don’t fight.”
(Just because a country chooses to fight does not mean that all of its citizens are onboard)
Paris, France – Requests America to withdraw its troops
Italy – War propaganda poster supporting VietnamThe Martyr’s MessageTextbooks cannot define advocacy ……..
Here is a man that risked it all
Portrait of Mr. Jui Cunosin. He set himself on fire until death in front of the Japanese prime minister to protest the war in 1967.
Letter written by Mr. Jui Cunosin before his death.Part 3- Agent Orange’s ChildrenDisability created through warMost of us have heard about Agent Orange’s dark history. The children of Agent Orange live a stigmatized life today. But not to be pitied. Their countless stories are told through these portraits Including Nguyen Hoang Phuc. An accomplished flute player born without eyes, age 13
The 100’s of Agent Orange portraits demand attention. To acknowledge their injustices and retell history beyond what the media has chosen to share with us.
Nguyen Hoang Phuc, age 13
Operation Ranch Hand, sprayed more than 72 million litres of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land in Vietnam from 1961 to 1971. The soldiers did this to destroy forest coverage of the enemy. The chemical dioxin was the most toxic.
Canada is not innocent. According to militaryhistorynow.com, Canada supplied the U.S with 2.5 billion dollars of war materials and Agent Orange. Even though public opinion was against the war.
To Sum It UpAgent Orange:
– 400,000 maimed or killed
– 500,000 children born with serious defects
– 2 million people living with cancer or another illness
(Not to mention the psychological, mental impact and damage to the environment) Fast forward 30 years…… 1995
An American politician with a good ideaAnother 20 years later ………. 2015Now, 20 years later there exists a disability studies program.
A discipline that challenges society’s dehumanizing, categorization of disabled people.
And within this program students from all intersections of life are capable of forming an impetus for change.
2015: Time for a new Passion, Action, Vision