Peace in Vietnam Children’s Eyes Saigon


Saigon War Remnants Museum has an incredible Children’s Art Exhibit. The concept for the exhibition began in 2000 when the Museum and General Science Library organized a drawing competition for urban children.

Saigon War Remnants Museum

“The drawing 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 created by children aged 5 to 15. Their art is poignant testimony to the legacy of war on children generations removed from the actual fighting. It 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 by encouraging children to participate in a drawing contest involving cultural and educational topics. Of the 28,000 drawings submitted, 1,660 were themed “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 traveled to major cities in Denmark and Japan. In 2011, the exhibit arrived on a multi-city tour of the United States. The exhibit is an opportunity to consider the impact and long-term effects of war on the psyche of a nation and its children, and reflect on the similar impact 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 during Veterans Week and through the efforts of the Center for Documentary Studies and Sage Colleges.

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