The Co-Constituted Landscape of Northern Virginia and South Vietnam
This chapter traces the geopolitical projects of agents who used northern Virginia as staging ground to subvert the political order of Vietnam. Beginning with a small street called Saigon Road in one of McLean’s first subdivisions, one whose history carries the story of US empire in Vietnam back to 1950, I follow projects wrought by CIA operative Edward Lansdale and members of his team over two and a half decades, which brought northern Virginia into a deep transnational intimacy with Vietnam. Through sex, love, friendship, and partnerships developed in Vietnam over two decades, agents and Vietnamese intimates created a mobile, US-shadowed transnationalism, underwritten by empire, that “took place” between South Vietnam and northern Virginia in houses, offices, leisure landscapes, and other social spaces.
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