China Beach

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China Beach was the name of an American dramatic television series, and it is the name of at least two beaches in the world: one in Vietnam and the other in San Francisco, California.

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Television series

The ABC TV drama China Beach aired for three years (four TV seasons) from 1988 to 1991.

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Overview of television series

Created by William Broyles, Jr. and John Sacret Young, the series looks at the Vietnam War from a unique perspective: that of the women, military and civilian, who were present during the conflict. John Wells took over most of the series beginning with the second season -- many of the show's cast members would later appear on ER.

Set in a Vietnam locale called China Beach, at the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R (Rest & Recreation) facility, the cast of characters include US Army doctors and nurses, officers, soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and civilian personnel (American, French, and Vietnamese). Very often, however, the series features the experiences of the characters when returning to the U.S., either on leave or at the end of their tour of duty.

The show did not shy away from showing the gruesomeness of war, providing a very gritty view of the experience there.

Unusual story-telling methods were sometimes used: scenes presented in reverse chronology; insertion of animated cartoons to express a character's state of mind; alternating between interviews with former military nurses and scripted scenes; and a visit by the cast to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C..

China Beach was a critically lauded but poorly rated series. To their credit, ABC stuck with the show for 4 seasons, but the final season was put on hiatus in fall 1990 and did not air its finale until July 22, 1991. As a result of the strange scheduling, Dana Delany was eligible for (and ultimately won) a Best Actress Emmy in the fall of 1992, a year after the series broadcast its final episode and over a year and a half after many of the scenes were filmed.

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Beach in Vietnam

China Beach (My Khe) is also a 30km-long beach area in Vietnam 7km from the city of Danang.


Beach in San Francisco

China Beach is also a beach on the north coast of San Francisco, California, in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, near the Presidio of San Francisco. The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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