A Rift in the Earth

A few weeks ago we finished reading A Rift in the Earth:  Art, Memory, and the Fight for the Vietnam War Memorial by James Reston, Jr.  The author gives an excellent narrative of the controversy caused by the blind competition that ended with a winning entry by a Yale undergraduate, Maya Lin.  Reston details the saga of the design and placement of the memorial as well as the subsequent statue for Vietnam War veterans by Frederick Hart adjacent to the wall.

My favorite line in the book occurs when someone asks Maya Lin, “How Chinese are you?”  She replies, “As apple pie.”

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