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April 30, 2005Wednesday, 03/30/2005, 09:32

U.S. reporter takes fresh look

During his latest visit on the publication of his book, Lamb said he wants to share with the world the impressions of Vietnam by an American who was here 30 years ago.

U.S. reporter takes fresh look
 


David Lamb (R) is talking to pilot Nguyen Thanh Trung (C)

David Lamb, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, has been in 120 countries, covering big events like the 1979 revolution in Iran, the genocide in Rwanda, and the Gulf War in 1991. Lamb covered the Vietnam War from 1968 and returned in 1997 to report on the new life here. He has published a book “Vietnam, Now. A Reporter Returns.” During his latest visit on the publication of his book, Lamb said he wants to share with the world the impressions of Vietnam by an American who was here 30 years ago.

“I saw Vietnam during the war and know the country at peace. And peace here is so wonderful,” he told Nguyen Thanh Trung during a meeting at the city hall in HCM City. Trung was the pilot who bombed the presidential palace of the Saigon regime in April 1975.

Lamb was sent to Vietnam by UPI to cover the war in 1968. At that time, he did not know much about the country. His feelings about Vietnam came from interviews of the Saigon regime’s generals, traveling with U.S. troops and trips through the demilitarized zone or along the Vietnam-Laos border. He left Vietnam on April 26, 1975, distressed at the scene of Americans and Saigon regime personnel scrambling to flee the country.

Lamb returned to Vietnam in 1997 to open the first bureau of the Los Angeles Times in Hanoi. The occasion gave him a fresh view of Vietnam. He realized the value of peace and happiness that Vietnam now enjoys. During his four years as chief bureau in Vietnam, Lamb traveled extensively, and began to see Vietnam as his second homeland. He still remembers the happy feeling when he was once invited to have a meal with a Vietnamese family. “They had lost two children during the war. But they were very hospitable and treated me as a friend,” he said.

Lamb was impressed by the Vietnamese people’s patience, tolerance, hospitality and solidarity. “Despite the hard life, they always smile and keep on with their work,” he said.

Lamb said he would write about Vietnam not only for the Los Angeles Times but also for other papers. “I want to share with the world the impressions of an American who was here 30 years ago. I’ll continue to travel and write because I love this country so much,” he said.
 

(HCM City - March 30)


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