I also thought it was really powerful to be reminded of a protest by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, on June 11, 1963. Personally, this event stuck with me throughout the whole reading. This is partially because it hit closer to home: my father was a Japanese Buddhist monk before he came to the US, and now he continues on as a Buddhist minister.
This made me wonder about the reactions of the Vietnamese. I was wondering: how did the North and South Vietnamese respond to this image in particular? The Southern Vietnamese government carried on with the raids on Buddhists, but did the Vietnamese people not question their leaders yet or were they not fully informed of all the events that were occurring at the time or were they too scared? I image this was very disturbing for the US to see, thus leading to the US giving the okay go on the assassination of their corrupted Catholic puppet Ngo Dinh Diem.
Infamous image of Thich Quang Duc protesting the prosecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese