Sunday, May 29, 2022

Thank you Australia

After the destruction wrought on Vietnam by Western forces and the South Vietnamese Army I am not quite sure why Australia would be thanked. It is possibly for taking in so many refugees at the end of the war.

Aside from a few drug issues with the first Vietnamese Australian generation born here, they have generally done well in this country. Perhaps a few have done too well without any visible means of support, but that happens with all races.

This is the Saigon Welcome Arch in Leeds Street, Footscray.

Pigeon photo bombing. The arch is quite elegant and clearly represents a bird of some kind, maybe a crane. I think I saw cranes in Vietnam but the holiday was a long time ago, 2001.



I have shown a photo of the sculpture in the past from a distance and at the time I did not know about the writing and art on the arch.


This intricate art work seems to be on bronze. 


Sorry but I really couldn't do anything about the backgrounds without photo manipulation tools.


There, I killed a few minutes and it was now time for my dental cleaning appointment.


21 comments:

  1. Love that arch. And yes perhaps the thank you is for our country accepting refugees.
    I hope the dental cleaning went well.

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    1. I think refugee acceptance is what it is about EC. I nearly drowned with the dental cleaning.

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  2. My daughter's husband's mother was Vietnamese, lived through the war as a tiny child, and eventually went to Australia for university. So my grandchildren have that history. When the first grandson was born, my husband and I went to the hospital to visit baby and parents. I looked at his tiny face and got goosebumps thinking of the events that brought his grandparents, and then his parents, together from different corners of the world. I like the arch; a pity it could not have more empty space around it to display it more forcefully.

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    1. What a great connection Jenny. How old is your grandson now?

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    2. He's seven, and his brother is five :)

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  3. Maybe it's just a thankyou for having such a vibrant Vietnamese community. Don't mention the war.

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    1. Caro, it could be seen as that. You have to be of a certain age to remember the war.

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  4. I hear Vietnam is doing fine, after we left and is trading partner though out world.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, indeed Vietnam is doing well, as long as you don't dissent from the party line.

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  5. I think there are many very successful Vietnamese here, although I can't call them that, because they're Americans. I can't figure out who is from where automatically somehow. It seems so strange to talk about people who are citizens here by naming the country of origin of their distant relatives. I don't get that. It confuses me.

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    1. Strayer, this is really problematic. It is cumbersome to say American Vietnamese. Also hard to say American of Vietnamese heritage. Sometime their heritage is relevant but often not much. If they speak American, they are American.

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  6. Love that arch, it's very different.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I'm glad I took a closer look.

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  7. That's a lovely arch :)

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    1. Thank you River. It is an art work seen and probably not noticed very often.

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  8. You are right to suggest that the background or context of a sculpture can make all the difference to how we might feel about it.

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    1. YP, I think I understand what you mean. Thank you.

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  9. That is a super arch with a story behind it.

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    1. Pat, it pleases me when a public sculpture can tell a good story.

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  10. It's a beautiful arch. Very graceful.

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    1. Thanks Steve. Once I saw it from the right perspective, I really liked it too.

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