The Việt Nam Women’s Museum organized a ceremony to receive materials donated by Nancy Hollander, a member of the American women’s delegation that met with women from Việt Nam’s two regions in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1965.
The Việt Nam Women’s Museum organized a ceremony to receive materials donated by Nancy Hollander, a member of the American women’s delegation that met with women from Việt Nam’s two regions in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1965. At that time, lawyer Nancy Hollander was a student and the youngest delegation member. She saved more than 450 documents and artefacts, including letters she received, reports, her notebook, books, articles, magazines, etc., which record this historical landmark in the relationship between American women, the Việt Nam Women’s Union (in the North) and the Women’s Union for Liberation of South Việt Nam. The documents clearly reflect the points and the shared verbal presentations made by the women from the two countries regarding opposition to the American war in Việt Nam and at the same time make clear the role of the Women’s Union in exerting its full strength in foreign relations through meetings for peace, independence, and freedom. This is the first time Nancy Hollander has opened these documents and materials to the public. She has done so through the Việt Nam Women’s Museum in accordance with her wish that the Museum will archive these precious documents and introduce them widely through exhibits and educational and public-education activities.
The ceremony to receive the materials was on March 7, 2019 at the Việt Nam Women’s Museum.
*/ American writer Lady Borton, the person who made the connections for reception of the materials
*/ Nancy Hollander, from her youth as a student at the delegation meeting to her work as a human-rights lawyer
– From 1989 until the present: The Best Lawyers in America
– From 2007 until the present: America’s top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
– From 2007 until the present: Super Lawyers, top twenty-five New Mexico lawyers
– From 2012 until the present: Top 250 Women in Litigation in the U.S.
*/ This story began with a photograph, which led to the first meeting between Lady Borton and Nancy Hollander
*/ Information from Nancy Hollander’s collection of documents
1. This first people’s diplomacy between Việt Nam and the United States was organized in a third country by women (information contributed by Mme. Nguyễn Thị Bình)
2. The route to Jakarta:
3. The topics discussed at the meeting:
4. Activities of the 2 delegations after the meeting
The Women’s Union consistently sent letters and documents reporting on the cruelty of the American imperialists in Việt Nam so that the American women had documents they could use in organizing opposition to the war. These materials came not only from the Women’s Union but also from other organizations, including the Việt Nam Youth Union, the Việt Nam National Students’ Union, the Việt Nam Association for the Protection of Mothers and Children, and the Women’s Union for Liberation of South Việt Nam. Individuals also sent letters and documents for public education to American women (and in particular to participants of the American delegation to Jakarta, including Nancy Hollander).
Below are photos taken at the ceremony: