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1957 May 15 – 1957 May 15

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents Joel and Nettie Halpern during their time in Laos with the USOM. After an initial discussion of the weather, his photography, and his checking account, Halpern describes the beginning of the celebrations of the 2500th anniversary of Buddhism, beginning with "Constitution Day." Subsequently, he describes the central eve... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Aug. 1

Halpern, Joel Martin

Luang Prabang price list

Laos - This price list dated June 6, 1957 is part of the field notes that were included in letters from Joel M. Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. Halpern apologizes for the lateness of the report. This list concentrates on the various foods available and their prices.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Sept. 9

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Joel Halpern's parents during the time the Halperns worked in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Barbara Halpern discusses hooking up a freezer, receiving mail, and getting another puppy. She also has made several recordings of Hmong singing.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 May 8

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Barbara Halpern sums up the domestic situation. She tells about the festivities surrounding the Lao New Year celebration, or Pii Mai, especially the houseguests that stayed with them at that time.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Apr. 21

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Halpern describes the festivities surrounding the Lao New Year celebration, or Pii Mai, especially the throwing of water and mud. Part of the letter describes the exhibits and craftsmen represented at the festival as well. The beginning paragraph describes a ... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Aug. 19

Halpern, Joel Martin

Lao army projectionist interview

Laos - These field notes were included in letters from Joel M. Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. These are notes from Halpern's translator, Aram Udol, having interviewed a Lao Army Projectionist who spoke about the silver bars the Haw formerly used in trade, and the attitudes of the people toward movies.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Oct. 7

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. This letter is in the form of field notes. It begins with an in-depth interview of the local veterinarian, Sam Ock. He discusses the folk beliefs in spirits - The "naga" and "phi." A legend of the Naga (a water spirit) is told. Other examples of local magic and belie... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Sept. 8

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. This letter is in the form of field notes. The notes discuss a festival Halpern attended in Pak Lung, a village down river from Luang Prabang. The boun included dancing, and Halpern describes the custom of dancing with various partners. He also attended a performance of ... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 June 25

Halpern, Joel M.

Notes on Nam Tha continued

Laos - These field notes are a continuation of those begun in a letter from Joel M. Halpern to his parents during his time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. Here the notes discuss the Black Tai (Tai Dam) village of Ban Fun in greater detail, noting how people make a living, and the concerns with irrigation. An interview with a storekeeper in Nam Tha (Luang Namtha) is al... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 July 30

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Dr. Blum

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Dr. Blum, answering his letter of July 8th. In this letter, Barbara summarizes their health and diet in Laos, specifically the fresh fruits and vegetables, the lack of milk, and the bout of Asian flu both she and Joel had experienced.

Joel M. Halpern Papers