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War on terrorism with Nhung Nguyen

On the topic of the war against terrorism that the U.S. is the pioneer, I interviewed my pen pal Nhung Nguyen to gain an understanding of her perspective on this war. The conversation is as follow: Read more

News media in Vietnam

Recently, my pen pal and I had a conversation regarding some current media events related to terrorism. In the U.S., everyday, there are new coverage of stories all over the world in different locations. I classify myself as a light viewer, who spend less than two hours per week in front of the television screen. However, I could hardly omit the news each time turning on the television with so many choices of different news channels: CNN, BBC, Fox, MSNBC, etc. And everyday, there is a most current event get covered on television: American soldiers shooting innocent civilians caught on camera, unrest in Iran, etc. Read more

9/11 from Nhung Nguyen’s perspective

On the topic of 9/11, recently I and my pen pal, Nhung Nguyen from Vietnam, had a long and emotional conversation. I’m very delighted to share what her thought on the 9/11 attacks. Here is Nhung Nguyen from her words:

The World Trade Center–Before 9/11

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The Hurt Locker: A multidimensional movie

The Hurt Locker is not in any sense a classic version of war movies: love story, famous characters, troop combat on a large scale, etc. It does not focus on the political or historical context. Rather, it is a portrayal of soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of war against terrorism. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, screen written by Mark Boal. The Hurt Locker is unusual in many ways, including that: America and terrorist are framed from multidimensional perspectives, which, in turn, provide the audiences a more unique aspect of the definition of terrorism; and the movie offers some hope for a “third cup of tea.” Read more

My own cup of American tea: Bridging the cultural differences is a two way process

Three Cups of Tea is an inspiring book of the passion to change the world with education. It is a powerful truth that as an ordinary person, it is possible to create an impact globally in a positive way by persistence and enduring zeal. Read more

Vietnamese media and terrorism–Conversation with Pen Pal

During one of my recent conversation with my pen pal from Vietnam, we were talking about the media and how it portraits terrorism in Vietnam.

Here in the U.S., we have CNN, ABC, etc. all day long talking about what is going on inside the country, as well as outside of the continent. Some people don’t have cables; there is newspaper everywhere with different covers on the hottest news, including terrorism news. Generally speaking, Americans have unlimited access to news whenever and wherever. Read more

Nhung Nguyen from Vietnam

My pen pal Nhung Nguyen is from Vietnam. She has always been interested in journalism, thus exchanging information with her has been great for me. Nhung can speak English fluently and she has contributed some brilliant insights of the media in Vietnam towards terrorism. Here is her self-introduction:

My name is Nhung Hong Nguyen. I’m a senior majoring in International Relations at Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. In Vietnam, people don’t pay much attention on terrorism, normal people and the media consider that topic as one of many events happening around the world. One of the reasons for that might be Vietnam is a peacefull country so Vietnamese people don’t understand why people make a big deal out of it. However, after the 9/11 and many other deadly attacks, they know terrorism is one of the hottest topics and get to know some names such as Al-qaeda, the Tamil Tigers and so on. Due to my study, I have to do many research on international news. Therefore, I have some basic knowledge on terrorism topic. I think this is a good topic to get to know one of the hottest news in the world and diffferent cultures as well.

Terrorism from the Perspective of Communication

There are many different definitions of the term “terrorism.” The United States Law Code states that “[The term] terrorism means any group, or which has significant subgroups which practice, international terrorism.”[1] In Terrorism and the Press, one of the definitions mentioned was from the International Encyclopedia of Terrorism: “the selective or indiscriminate use of violence in order to bring about political change by inducing fear.[2] To me, I find that the term “terrorism” can be defined as a means of communication: terrorism is when the terrorists (the sender) attack other innocent civilians (create an act) to send messages to the rest of the public (the receivers). These messages might be to influence what people do, to threaten others, or merely to express hatred, etc. Read more

Bloody Sunday-A version of truth

Ireland is known for its rich culture and many historical landmarks. Most of Ireland’s history is marked by the struggle against invaders and civil conflicts, which were at the root of the violence in the country. But deep inside, the Irish people have an innate love for their country and for their heritage. One of the historical events that led to the hatred of the British’s presence in Northern Ireland was the Bloody Sunday march. Released in 2002, the movie Bloody Sunday drew much attention as it strived to reconstruct the event. Read more


HON 394—Terrorism and the Press

Paper #1—9/11

The attack of 9/11 in the United States has caused changes in many aspects of the world’s issues, including media. The event put media in a position to depict 9/11 from a multi-dimensional view, from politics, religions, and military to humanity. Across the globe from the United States, 9/11 was seen from a different view from the world of Muslims, Arabs, and Islam, attracting large attention from the media. Egypt is one of the Muslim countries, where Muslims comprise between 80% and 95% of the population. Thus, understanding how media covered the 9/11 event hopefully would provide a more diversified view of Muslim on the 9/11 attacks. The Al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt is as popular to the Egyptian as the New York Times to the United States of America. As one of the leading daily news organization, the Al-Ahram Weekly followed and covered the attacks of 9/11 closely. Read more

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.