This article examines how figurations of Vietnamese women in the popular US imagination played significant roles in explaining, justifying, criticizing, or creating sympathy for US involvement in the war in Viet Nam. Bui looks to the clashes between Madame Nhu's efforts to manage her public persona with Orientalist discourses in circulation about this “dragon lady,” in both prowar and antiwar considerations.
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Diem-My T. Bui; Reporting on Madame Nhu in the Viet Nam War: Representations of the Gendered Other. positions 1 August 2012; 20 (3): 851–875. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10679847-1593573
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