Adorning the front page of its May 1972 issue, GIRDA – an Asian-American monthly – had a cartoon of a white American officer in Vietnam demanding of an Asian-American soldier to “kill that gook, you gook.” In April 1975, the United States undertook Operation Babylift, which evacuated approximately 3,300 South… Continue reading
By Malcolm Craig and Mark McLay, creators of the American History Too! podcast
As two white, straight, middle-class Scottish, male historians, do we have the right to explore such subjects? We would say yes. It’s the job of the historian to look at the evidence, illuminate dark corners, and try to make people aware about what really happened.
We felt that in order to do the subject of the 1980s AIDS crisis justice, we had to avoid repeating many of the myths and falsehoods that abound about the virus and the period. It was important not only examine the historiography of the subject, but crucially to look at the personal testimonies from those who contracted AIDS, those who tried to track its origins, and those who turned a blind eye when they should have extended a hand of friendship.