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Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen : South Vietnamese Soldiers. Memories of the Vietnam War and After

[ndlr] Parution d’un nouvel ouvrage de notre collègue Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen. Présentation de l’éditeur.

Nguyen, Nathalie Huynh Chau, South Vietnamese Soldiers. Memories of the Vietnam War and After, Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, March 2016. xx + 289 pp. ISBN Print: 978-1-4408-3241-3 eBook: 978-1-4408-3242-0 Military History

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South Vietnam lost more than a quarter of a million soldiers in the Vietnam War, yet the histories of these men—and women—are largely absent from the vast historiography of the conflict. By focusing on oral histories related by 40 veterans from the former Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces, this book breaks new ground, shedding light on an essentially unexplored aspect of the war and giving voice to those who have been voiceless.

The experiences of these former soldiers are examined through detailed firsthand accounts that feature two generations and all branches of the service including the Women’s Armed Forces Corps. Readers will gain insights into the soldiers’ early lives, their military service, combat experiences, and friendships forged in wartime. They will also see how life became worse for most in the aftermath of the war as they experienced internment in communist prison camps, discrimination against their families on political grounds, and the dangers inherent in escaping Vietnam, whether by sea or land. Finally, readers will learn how veterans who saw no choice but to leave their homeland succeeded in rebuilding their lives in new countries and cultures.

Features

  • Relates the stories of South Vietnamese soldiers through a compelling narrative driven by oral histories
  • Brings the experiences of these soldiers to life for the reader by sharing their compelling firsthand accounts
  • Draws on a key oral history collection newly established at the National Library of Australia in 2013–2014
  • Provides fascinating insights into the soldiers’ early years, their military service and experiences, and their post-war lives
  • Conveys the strength of will and resilience that enabled these men and women to endure the hardships of war, the defeat of their armed forces, the loss of their country, and the challenges of becoming refugees and resettling in new land.

“Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen has made a major contribution not only to the history of the Vietnam War but also to the history of wars and their aftermath. South Vietnamese Soldiers is both a scholarly and an emotive account of those who served in the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam. Based on extensive interviews with former service personnel, the book recovers an important dimension of the war, too often distorted or completely overlooked in the extensive literature on the war.”

– Peter Edwards, Official Historian of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975

“In a powerful and eloquent book, Nguyen rewrites the South Vietnamese back into their own history and gives them back their voices. This is an important and overdue treatment of the missing dimension of the Vietnam War. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with surviving veterans of the Republic of Vietnam’s military, Nguyen restores a critical perspective to the study of the war and offers additional dimensions to our understanding. This often deeply moving study should be read by everyone with an interest in the subject.”

– Jeffrey Grey, Professor of History, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

 

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. A former ARC Future Fellow, her published works include Memory is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora, the 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title; Voyage of Hope: Vietnamese Australian Women’s Narratives, shortlisted for the 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and Vietnamese Voices: Gender and Cultural Identity in the Vietnamese Francophone Novel. She is editor of New Perceptions of the Vietnam War: Essays on the War, the South Vietnamese Experience, the Diaspora and the Continuing Impact. Nguyen holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Her previous fellowships include an ARC Australian Research Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, and a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford.

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Philippe Joutard : Histoire et mémoires conflits et alliance [rééd. 2015]

[ndlr] Parution en novembre 2015 de l’édition de poche de l’ouvrage de Philippe Joutard paru aux éditions La Découverte en 2013. Présentation de l’éditeur suivie de liens vers des recensions en ligne.

Joutard_HistoireEMémoire_ConflitsEtAlliances2015Aujourd’hui, il est partout question de commémoration, de devoir ou d’abus de mémoire. Rapport personnel, affectif au passé, la mémoire semble avoir tout envahi. Culturelle, historique, religieuse, artistique, elle peut se montrer exclusive et intolérante, nuire au vivre-ensemble. Mais elle est aussi capable de susciter la résistance à l’oppression, de sauver une minorité, d’assurer la cohésion d’un groupe, d’une société, d’une nation. Autre rapport au passé, à vocation universelle cette fois, l’histoire se tient à distance. Fruit de la rationalité, elle cherche modestement et obstinément une parcelle de vérité.

Tout semble donc opposer histoire et mémoires ; les conflits se sont d’ailleurs multipliés, surtout en France. Le pari de l’auteur est pourtant d’en affirmer l’indispensable alliance et d’en proposer les conditions. Les mémoires ont déjà transformé les livres d’histoire, offrant à l’événement et à la biographie une nouvelle jeunesse. Ainsi l’histoire orale a-t-elle donné à comprendre, de l’intérieur, les invisibles, restés à l’écart de l’écriture. Les mémoires obligent les historiens à questionner leur métier, leur fournissent de nouveaux objets d’étude et la possibilité de saisir une réalité jusque-là inaccessible. En contrepartie, l’histoire demeure le seul moyen d’apaiser les mémoires blessées, de permettre aux mémoires concurrentes de cohabiter. La meilleure manière de vaincre l’oubli et de se prémunir des excès mémoriels.

Réf. : Philippe Joutard, Histoire et mémoires, conflits et alliance, Paris, Éditions La Découverte / Poche 437, 2015.

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  • Quentin Verreycken, « Philippe Joutard, Histoire et mémoires, conflits et alliance », Lectures [En ligne], Les comptes rendus, 2013, mis en ligne le 19 juillet 2013, consulté le 22 novembre 2015. URL : http://lectures.revues.org/11949

 

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, Vietnam’s Forgotten Soldiers

[ndlr] Avis de la parution prochaine d’un ouvrage sur la mémoire des soldats sud-vietnamiens (ARVN) réfugiés en Australie. Aboutissement d’un projet de recherche de longue haleine mené par Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen (Monash University) pour constituer une histoire orale de ces vétérans à la bibliothèque nationale d’Australie.

Nathalie Nguyen says the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War brings painful memories for former South Vietnamese soldiers. But in Australia, veterans are keeping their stories alive – and slowly changing perceptions of the war.

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I wanted to explore the stories of Vietnamese veterans in Australia because they are the forgotten soldiers of the Vietnam War.

More than 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers were killed in the 1955 -1975 war however their histories have been largely silenced in the wider story of the war, and erased in postwar Vietnam.

General mobilization was decreed in South Vietnam in 1968, and nearly every male over the age of twenty had some form of military experience. South Vietnam suffered terrible casualties during the war: In one year alone, in 1972, 39,587 South Vietnamese soldiers were killed in action while 109,960 were wounded. South Vietnam had a population of approximately 18 million. It was a country scarred by war.

Many veterans experienced years of internment after the war and many escaped their country as refugees.

Lire la suite / Read more : Australia Plus – ABC International

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U.S. Diplomatic Oral Histories on Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

[ndlr] L’Association d’études diplomatiques et de formation (ADST) est une organisation indépendante à but non lucratif fondée en 1986. Localisée au Centre National de Formation des Affaires étrangères (Centre George P. Shultz) du Département d’État (NFATC) à Arlington, en Virginie, elle contribue à la compréhension de la diplomatie américaine et prend en charge la formation du personnel des affaires étrangères à l’Institut des Affaires étrangères du NFATC à travers une variété de programmes et d’activités. L’ADST propose en ligne une série audiovisuelle et une documentation très riche sous forme d’entretiens (Oral histories) sur le personnel diplomatique américain dans le monde. Nous proposons ci-après les liens menant aux « Readers » des trois pays de la péninsule indochinoise. Nous en profitons pour remercier le professeur Nguyen The Anh pour avoir signalé cette documentation en ligne comme présent de bienvenue dans la nouvelle année 2013.

 

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)

Country and Subject Reader Series

Interested in a particular country or subject? Go beyond the experiences of simply one diplomat with Country and Subject Readers.

These Readers consist of relevant excerpts from individual oral history interviews arranged in approximate chronological order. They are designed to give users an overview of U.S. relations with a country or policy on a specific subject, as seen by those who dealt with it from Washington or in the field. The Readers offer unique insights over decades, though they may not provide full chronological continuity.

Some of our larger Country Readers that exceed 1,000 pages of content, such as China, are only available in part for free download. Full Country Readers that fall under this category are available for purchase in PDF format from the Official ADST Store. When your purchase is complete, you will be automatically sent a link to download your purchase(s). All proceeds are used to financially support ADST’s programs.

Note:  These oral histories contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed.  The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

Source : ADST

  • Documentation on Cambodia (pdf 386 p.)
  • Documentation on Laos (pdf 459 p.)
  • Documentation on Vietnam (pdf extrait de 104 p.)

 

The Face of the Enemy, a documentary project

Over five million Vietnamese and 58 000 Americans died in what one side calls the American War and the other side calls the Vietnam War. Whilst countless stories have been told from the American point of view, very little has been heard from the Vietnamese side.

The Face of the Enemy is a documentary project that tells the story of the Vietnamese who fought in the American war, in their own words. In the film and installation veterans and their families have the chance, often for the first time, to recall the experiences that transformed and changed their lives. The project is built from over 150 hours of filmed interviews. The addition of rare archive footage and personal photos of the veterans themselves aids the attempt to chart a new perspective on one of the most decisive conflicts in modern history.

The project focuses more on personal stories than on the chronological events of the war. What did the Vietnamese feel when they joined the army? When they first arrived at the front? How did they see their comrades? The enemy? Their families back at home? How did the families at home think of the men and the woman at the front?

Trailer

The Film

Directed photographed and produced by Erik Pauser / Producer Dylan Williams / Editor Clas Lindberg / Music JeanLouis Huhta  / Sound Ania Pauser, Nguyen Dinh Thien Y, Alan Hayslip / Additional photography Lars Siltberg / Location manager Nguyen Dinh Thien Y / Sound design Ove Valeskog Studio Snickeboa / Colorgrading and online Lars Siltberg, Henrik Lago / Postproduction facilities/ Presentationsdesign Cinepost studios / Translation Tue Nguyen Dinh, Thien Y, Thao Jörgenssen, Tran Thi Ha, Vu Tuan Anh, Nguyen Than Huong, Huonh Thi Than Nguyen, Pham Cong Phoung.

Produced by Brandklipparen Amp film  / A coproduction with SVT – Axel Arnö / With support from The Swedish Film Institute – Hjalmar Palmgren / The Swedish Arts Grants Committee / YLE – Iikka Vekhalati / DR – Mette Hoffman / Längmanska Kulturfonden / Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse

Archive: SVT / Doan Thi Cong / The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) / Vietnam Film institute / Larry Nibble Archives / Caprice record.

Web Project

Producer Erik Pauser / Design Mats Renvall / Programming Nils Ola Nilsson / Site curators Erik Pauser, Sophie Holgersson, Ana Valdés / The webproject is supported by Framtidens kultur / Production company Brandklipparen.

Source : The Face of the Enemy, a Documentary Project

See also Story tellers gallery with:

Christian Langworthy
Cu Chi commander – Tran Van Thuan
Doctor Pham Duong and his wife Truong Thi Ngoc Lan and their son Lam
Female Guerilla Fighters – Mrs. Tran Thi Nho, Mrs. Dang Thi Huong, Mrs. Le Thi Suong
Mrs Vo Thi Tram
Le Ly Hayslip
Mr. Do Duc Diu. Former soldier in the regular North Vietnamese army
Mr Diu: Hang – The daughter of Mr. Diu
Mr Diu: Mrs. Pham Niec
Mr. Nguyen van Ma and his wife Do Thi Bich Canh
Doan Thi Cong
Bao Ninh
To Tien Hoa
Hoang Van Tinh
Nguyen Than
Mr. Tran Thi Vong and his wife
Hoang Dinh Phuong