Peace in Vietnam Children’s Eyes Saigon


Saigon’s War Remnants Museum has an incredible Children’s Art Exhibit. In 2000, the Museum and General Science Library organized a drawing competition for urban children.

Saigon War Remnants Museum

“The competition attracts some 100,000 children each year, from which the War Remnants Museum – dedicated to the history of the so-called American War – collects 2,000 to 3,000 pictures from children aged 5 to 15. Poignant testimony of the lingering legacy of war upon children generations removed from the fighting, their art illustrates the hope for peace that fills the hearts of young people around the world.”

Green Drawing Lines Contest

In 2011 the War Remnants Museum and General Science Library celebrated the fourteenth “Green Drawing Lines” contest encouraging children to participate in an amateur drawing contest involving cultural and educational topics. Of 28,000 drawings submitted, 1,660 had a theme of “hope for a world of friendship and peace”. On the anniversary of Vietnamese Teacher’s Day in November 2011, 120 paintings were placed on exhibit.

Speak Peace

Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings is a traveling exhibition of artworks by children from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Exhibitions of the original artworks produced by Vietnamese children have traveled to major cities in Denmark and Japan, and in 2011 arrived on a multi-city tour of the United States. The exhibit is an opportunity to consider the impact of war through the eyes of children, to consider its long-term effects on the psyche of a nation, and to reflect upon similar impacts of current conflicts around the world.”

The show came to the US on the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University. Organized by Soldier’s Heart, a veteran’s support organization in Troy, New York the exhibit came to the Capital Region through the efforts of the Center for Documentary Arts and the Sage Colleges Veterans Week.