by Admin and Richard Turner, Contributing Editor
A Day in the Life: Saigon 1955 – 1965
The Saigon Kids American Community School website is assembling an archive of stories by people who lived in Saigon between 1955 and 1965.
This is your story.
We need your help.
The structure for the narrative is *A Day in the Life* of the members of the American international community in Saigon and their French, Vietnamese and Chinese friends and acquaintances.
The accompanying outline (with suggested topics) is the framework we will use to organize your accounts of life in Saigon.
Many of you have already sent poignant, humorous or thought-provoking recollections to the website. We will begin the task of creating *A Day in the Life* by plugging these entries into the outline in the appropriate places. The author of each entry will be identified as will the years that the author lived in Saigon, eg. Jane Doe 1961-1963.
These entries and the material you send us will be arranged chronologically in terms of the time of day that it references and by subject matter. For example all of your stories about afternoons at the Cirque Sportif would be grouped together.
Your contributions to *A Day in the Life* can be fact or fiction.
They can be brief or lengthy.
They can be something you have written or something written by another person, so long as the original author is credited.
We also want your images of life in Saigon to illustrate this history. Scan your photographs, slides, etc. and send them to the website. Identify, as best you can, the people in the photos and the events that they represent. If you have home movies taken while in Saigon that you’d like to transfer to DVD contact us for assistance instructions.
So, send us your stories and your images.
We were participants in a unique period of history.
No one can tell this story better than we can.
The first phase of *A Day in the Life* project will focus on — *Before Saigon*. This phase will last for about 2 months during which we invite you to submit your stories about why and how you came to Saigon.
- What Brought you to Saigon?
- Where were you when you learned you were going to Saigon?
- How did you learn you were going to Saigon?
- What was your initial reaction when you learned you were going to Saigon?
- What was the reaction of your family members when they learned you were going to Saigon?
- What was the reaction of your friends when you told them you were going to Saigon?
- What was the reaction of your teachers and other community members when you told them you were going to Saigon?
- What was preparing for your trip to Saigon like?
- What was your trip to Saigon like?
- What places did you visit en-route to Saigon?
- What do you remember most about preparing for and traveling to Saigon?
- How did you feel about moving to Saigon?
- What feelings did you experience leaving your friends, class mates, family and community members to go to Saigon?
Submit all stories via the *Contact Form* on the website.
Stories should be submitted as a text document (MS Word, Note Pad, Open Office Writer, etc.).
Please include your name and the time period you were in Saigon. Ladies please include your maiden and married last name.
When submitting longer stories, please submit them as an *Attachment* to your message on the Contact Form by copying the text document with your story to a File Folder on your computer, ZIP (compress) the File Folder and send the File Folder containing your story as an *Attachment*.
Photos and images should be cropped, re-sized to 1000 pixels wide, and submitted in JPEG format.
Photos and images should include information identifying the people in them, location, event and approximate date taken (month and year, or at least the year).
Photos and images should be sent as an *Attachment* to your Contact Form message. When submitting multiple text files, photos/images copy them to a File Folder on your computer, then ZIP (compress) the File Folder and send the ZIP File Folder containing the text files and photos/images as an *Attachment*.
All photos/images must be your own. If they are not your own photos/images you’ll need to submit documentation the owner and/or copyright holder of the photos/images has granted you written permission and license to use them.
Submit your *Before Saigon* stories and photographs by using the
Use the Comments form below if you have questions or need additional assistance or guidance.