Punji Trap: 'The spy who loved us' and other tales from the Vietnam War
An evening with Luke Hunt and James Pringle

7pm, Wednesday April 25, 2018
Members: free, Non-members 450 Baht, Thai journalists and Students with valid ID: 150 Baht
Pham An was a communist agent whose espionage adventures - under the cover of a celebrated war correspondent in the Western media - were as brilliant for Hanoi as they were shattering for Washington during the tumultuous Vietnam War. He has been dubbed "the perfect spy" and affectionately referred to by some as "the spy who loved us". Not quite.

Correspondent and Southeast Asian specialist Luke Hunt has prised this story open in his recently published 'Punji Trap'. He knew and interviewed An over many years, and also tracked down some of the many friends and colleagues in journalism who believed they knew the secret agent best in war, on the journalistic beat, and amid the collapse of South Vietnam.

Hunt will be joined at the FCCT by veteran Asia correspondent Jim Pringle.

Luke Hunt has covered wars, international politics, and economics for Agence France-Presse where he served as bureau chief in Afghanistan and later Cambodia, and held roving reporting duties from his home in Hong Kong. Hunt has written for The Age in his native Melbourne, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Economist, and writes a weekly column on Southeast Asia for The Diplomat. His broadcasts have appeared regularly on ABC in Australia and on Voice of America. He is currently opinion editor for UCA News, and is a senior lecturer at Pannasastra University in Phnom Penh, where he wrote a course on war, media, and international relations.

Jim Pringle has worked as a journalist for more than six decades, from Asia to Cuba and the Americas. He covered wars in Southeast Asia where he served as bureau chief for Reuters in South Vietnam and later in the Middle East for Newsweek. He was also the bureau chief for The Times in Beijing when he was one of only five accredited Western correspondents in the country, replacing a colleague who had spent more than two years under house arrest.

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