Thursday, March 11, 2010
Anti-American Art: Crush the Snake
This stamp was issued in 1965 by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, then only the northern half of the country, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Asian-African solidarity conference in Bandung in 1955. The brown and yellow peoples of Africa and Asia are grasping a fanged serpent labelled with "USA" and dollar signs. While the US had been meddling in Vietnam for years, 1965 really marked the beginning of all-out war. Later Vietnamese stamps wouldn't treat their fight against the U.S. quite so metaphorically.