The Beverly Deepe Keever Collection

Photos by Beverly Deepe Keever, 1963

Bev’s Apartment

“I was lucky to find an apartment to rent in the heart of the city just blocks from the central market and the palace of President Ngo Dinh Diem. The apartment was on the second floor above an automobile repair shop fronting a major one-way street leading from the airport. My walk-up apartment, No. 5 at 101 Cong Ly Street, was austere. The floors were of concrete. The bamboo sofa and chairs were covered in crumpled cotton slipcovers.”
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever 13)

An Lac Airlift

Montagnards held to their separate culture of longhouses built on stilts and other practicies that reminded me of the walnut-hued tribesmen I had interviewed in Borneo in 1961.
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 76)

Ca Mau

So under the noses of government officials and a major army force, the Communists have established their own government in the Mekong Delta. It has almost eroded away the authority of the anti-Communist Saigon regime, and, perhaps more significantly, has taken major steps toward replacing it with an authority of their own.
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 284)

Macau

*Photos 939-987 are undated
I also lived with and taught English to Japanese students, hired interpreters to talk with South Koreans about the 1961 military coup d’état that I witnessed outside of Seoul, interviewed prostitutes in Hong Kong and Macau, visited opium dens in Singapore, and traveled by tramp steamer to talk to descendants of headhunters in British-held Borneo.
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 7)

Cao Lanh

These voices of fear and helplessness introduced me to the plight of Vietnam’s rural families when in the spring of 1962 I visited the Mekong Delta province of Kien Phong, abutting the Cambodian border southwest of Saigon.
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 39)

Praying

Undergirding the Buddhist grievances more fundamentally was the French-imposed Decree No. 10, which Diem had retained, labeling Buddhism as an association rather than a religion, rendering its followers as second-class and limiting their authority, power, and rights compared to those of Catholics.

Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 94)

MDO Addressing National Assembly

The growing devastation and depopulation of the countryside sharpened the contrast between rural Vietnamese women and the wealthy Saigon housewife. Because women usually but quietly managed the family finances, as well as much of the retail trade in shops and market stalls, the rich Saigon housewife worried about the price of rise and milk; the rural woman had rice but was worried about how long she could hold it before being forced to use it to pay off Viet Cong or government troops.
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 176)

Delta Heliborne

The first American helicopter unit started moving into the Mekong Delta on April 9, 1962, and I went to visit it soon afterward. I was eager to cover the first contact between these newcomers and the delta’s population.
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 57)

Madame Nhu

“Throughout the war Vietnamese women remained largely nameless, with several exceptions. One notable exception was Madame Nhu…”
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 171)

Madame Nhu Paramilitary Graduation

“Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, the beautiful, razor-tongued sister-in-law of the president. She soon worsened the already strained government-press relations by declaring Western correspondents in Vietnam were worse than Communists because they believe whatever the Communists say and speak for them – but in a Western tone. ‘That is why it is worse.’ No U.S. official ins Saigon or Washington countered her explosive remarks.”
Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 80)

Miscellaneous Photos

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