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Fighting, Negotiating, Laughing: The Use of Humor in the Vietnam War


  • Harish C. Mehta

  • I offer sincere thanks to Stephen Streeter, Kees Boterbloem, and the two peer reviewers of The Historian for their helpful comments on this article. I am grateful for the assistance extended by archivists at the National Library, Hanoi (Thu Vien Quoc Gia), in accessing the Vietnamese language newspaper Nhan Dan and the historical journal Nghien Cuu Lich Su (Historical Research), and the archivists at the U.S. National Archives at College Park, Maryland, for guiding me to the records of the Paris Peace Talks. I would like to thank Thuan Huu, the Editor-in-Chief of Nhan Dan, and Pham Song Ha, the Head of Nahn Dan Online in Hanoi, for permitting me to use the artworks that accompany this article. I also thank Quynh Le Tran, Senior Producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation (Vietnamese Language Section in London), for his comments on my translations of Vietnamese artworks.