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Nation-Building in War: The Experience of Republican Vietnam, 1955-1975 – Berkeley, 17-18 octobre 2016

[ndlr] Le renouveau des études sur l’expérience républicaine au Sud Viêt-Nam se poursuit. Annonce d’un important colloque sur la construction de l’État-nation au Sud entre 1955 et 1975 (co-organisé par le Centre des Études de l’Asie du Sud Est de l’Université de Berkeley, Californie et le Journal of Vietnamese Studies).


Nation-Building in War: The Experience of Republican Vietnam, 1955-1975


October 17 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

October 18 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

180 Doe Library

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Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Saigon © John Dominis

This symposium is about the experience of nation-building in Republican Vietnam during 1949-1975. During this period, many Vietnamese sought a non-communist future for their country with the support of the United States. Over more than two decades, these men and women worked together toward that goal as much as fought against each other over differences in visions and policies. This took place within the broader context of large-scale military conflicts (the civil war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam and the Cold War between the superpowers).

Scholarship on the subject has focused mostly on that broader context of warfare while overlooking the project of nation-building carried out by South Vietnamese. In fact, much more took place in politics, society, culture, and the economy than in the military realm. Another bias of scholarship is its obsession with external intervention and its corresponding neglect of Vietnamese agency. While the U.S. played a crucial role in the viability of South Vietnam as an independent entity, South Vietnamese efforts have not been fully appreciated.

This symposium hopes to document and analyze such Vietnamese efforts in both military and other areas of nation-building by presenting panels of South Vietnamese officials, politicians, academics, and journalists who were active participants in historical developments, paired with panels of young scholars who will be asked to place the testimonies of participants in their contexts and to evaluate their significance.

Organizers: Peter Zinoman, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Tuong Vu, Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon


  • Col. Trần Minh Công, Commandant of RVN Police Academy
  • Nguyễn Đức Cường, Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Kiều Chinh, Actress
  • Huỳnh Văn Lang, Director of Foreign Exchange Agency and secretary of the Can Lao Party’s Joint North-South branch, founder of Bách Khoa Review and the Association for the Development of Popular Culture
  • Phạm Kim Ngọc, Minister of Economy
  • Hoàng Đức Nhã, Presidential Advisor and Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms
  • Nhã Ca, Writer
  • Dr. Nguyễn Hữu Phước, National Director of Elementary Teacher Training & In-Service Training, Ministry of Education
  • Lt. Col. Bùi Quyền, Deputy Commander, Third Airborne Brigade
  • Dr. Võ Kim Sơn, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Saigon
  • Cao Văn Thân, Minister of Land Reform and Agricultural Development
  • Vũ Quốc Thúc, Central Bank Governor and Minister of Reconstruction and Development
  • Vũ Thanh Thủy, War Correspondent
  • Phạm Trần, Journalist
  • Lâm Lễ Trinh, Minister of Interior and Ambassador
  • Sean Fear, Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security, Dartmouth College
  • Kevin Li, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley
  • Ryan Nelson, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley
  • Huong Nguyen, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Washington
  • Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, Associate Professor of Australian Studies, Monash University
  • Van Nguyen-Marshall, Associate Professor of History, Trent University (Canada)
  • John Schafer, Emeritus Professor of English, Humboldt State University
  • Simon Toner, Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies, Columbia University
  • Nu-Anh Tran, Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut
  • Alex-Thai Dinh Vo, Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University
  • Tuong Vu, Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon
  • Peter Zinoman, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

The program of October 18 includes a book launch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., by Prof. Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen (Monash University), who will discuss her new book South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After (2016)

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[Programme des deux journées à télécharger]

CSEAS Vietnam Program UPDATE

Source : CSEAS

Peter Zinoman: Vietnamese Colonial Republican – The Political Vision of Vu Trong Phung [parution]

Zinoman_VuTrongPhung[ndlr] Une étude importante de Peter Zinoman vient de paraître. Présentation de l’éditeur.

This volume is a comprehensive study of Vietnam’s greatest and most controversial 20th century writer who died tragically in 1939 at the age of 28. Vu Trong Phung is known for a remarkable collection of politically provocative novels and sensational works of non-fiction reportage that were banned by the communist state from 1960 to 1986.

Leading Vietnam scholar, Zinoman, resurrects the life and work of an important intellectual and author in order to reveal a neglected political project that is excluded from conventional accounts of modern Vietnamese political history. He sees Vu Trong Phung as a leading proponent of a localized republican tradition that opposed colonialism, communism, and unfettered capitalism—and that led both to the banning of his work and to the durability of his popular appeal in Vietnam today.


List of Illustrations

1. Sources of Vu Trong Phung’s Colonial Republicanism
2. Capitalism and Social Reform
3. The Question of Communism
4. The Crisis of Vietnamese Sexuality
5. Banning Vu Trong Phung


Peter Zinoman is Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; author of The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 (UC Press, 2001); and cotranslator of Dumb Luck: A Novel by Vu Trong Phung.

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« Vietnamese Colonial Republican is the best single study of a major twentieth-century Southeast Asian writer, and his critical relationship to both the colonial and postcolonial eras, known to me. It offers an unsurpassed discussion of the complexities of colonial modernity and their troubled Cold War aftermath. » —Alexander Woodside, author of Community and Revolution in Modern Vietnam

« Peter Zinoman and Vu Trong Phung are two gadflies who were meant for each other. In this wonderfully researched and beautifully crafted biography, Zinoman introduces us to the short productive life and extraordinary times of modern Vietnam’s greatest writer. Vu Trong Phung’s social critiques earned him the opprobrium of communists and colonialists in the 1930s, but the themes he explored remain as relevant today as ever. And as always, Zinoman argues provocatively: Phung serves as a case study in how French Republicanism worked itself out in fascinating ways in the empire. Neither Zinoman nor his subject disappoint. » —Christopher Goscha, author of Going Indochinese: Contesting Concepts of Space and Place in French Indochina.

« In Vietnamese Colonial Republican, Peter Zinoman gives three important contributions to the study of modern Vietnam. First, he proposes a new interpretation of debates among intellectuals in the interwar period; his exposition of ‘colonial republicanism’ is a fresh and compelling alternative to the version of modern politics that primarily focuses upon the Vietnamese communists. Second, his analysis of the work of Vu Trong Phung greatly expands our view of literature, thought, and culture in the 1930s. Third, his discussion of ‘reform communism’ offers a fresh vantage on Hanoi politics in the late 1950s. This professionally documented work is clear and readable, yet full of substance. » —Keith Weller Taylor, author of The Birth of Vietnam.

Source : University of California Press