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Viet Nam Aztlan
Maker: Malaquías Montoya; Chicano Vietnam Project
Date Made: 1973
Place Made: United States: California, Berkeley
Measurements: 66.5 cm x 48.5 cm; 26 3/16 in x 19 1/8 in
Main Subject: Viet Nam War Era; Chicano/Latino
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Viet Nam Aztlan Đoàn Kểt Chiển Thăng Unidos Venceran Solidaridad Chicano Viet Nam Fuera © Chicano Vietnam Project P.O. Box 331 Berkeley, CA 94701 Malaquias Montoya
Acquisition Number: 2011-194
Translation: Viet Nam Aztlan United They Will Win Solidarity Chicano Viet Nam Get Out
The Vietnamese face on left was taken from a 1968 OSPAAAL poster ID 23209
Production Notes: Signed by artist
Under copyright; used by CSPG with permission.
This poster came about by the suggestion of two activist friends of mine, Ernesto Colosi and Jose Luis Flores. Although I had done posters earlier about the Vietnam War and the August 29th Moratorium, their proposal was very attractive because they intended to fund an off-set production of the piece and proposed a widespread distribution. The other silkscreen prints that I had produced were by hand and limited to 500 to 1,000 prints. Because of the escalating nature of the war and the high number of Chicano/Latino youths being lost in the war, it was necessary to try to reach as many as possible to oppose it. I especially linked it to the struggle of the Chicana/o people in this country. I felt that it was more important for our young men to be here fighting in their communities for justice. I felt at that time, that we had more in common with the Vietnamese people than with those that were sending us to die in a foreign country, hence the images of the two cultures -- their hands connecting and symbolizing solidarity. This poster traveled internationally, including to Vietnam. It continues to be a very popular image today and has been published numerous times.