Thòi-Báo Gà, January 1975

This is the January 1975 issue of Thoi Bao Ga, a monthly journal published by Vietnamese students at the Vietnam Resource Center in Cambridge, MA. The journal was founded by Ngo Vinh Long, then a graduate student at Harvard and vocal anti-war activist. I’m really interested in the symbolism of the name and logo. The name of the publication translates roughly to “Chicken News” and alludes to the image of a chicken stepping on a snake in the logo on the cover page. According to Long, the chicken is symbolic of Vietnam. Meanwhile, the snake represents the United States. The logo, therefore, signals Vietnamese students’ desire for the removal of American troops from Vietnam. 

Cai Gabrielle Barias