Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde: Transnationalizing Viet Nam Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora [ppk]

Valverde_TransnationalizingVietNam[ndlr] Parution de l’édition en paperback de l’ouvrage de Caroline Valverde paru chez Temple University en 2012.

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New in Paperback in Asian American Studies

Transnationalizing Viet Nam
Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora

Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde

Vietnamese diasporic relations affect—and are directly affected by—events in Viet Nam. In Transnationalizing Viet Nam, Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde explores these connections, providing a nuanced understanding of this globalized community. Valverde draws on 250 interviews and almost two decades of research to show the complex relationship between Vietnamese in the diaspora and those back at the homeland.

Arguing that Vietnamese immigrant lives are inherently transnational, she shows how their acts form virtual communities via the Internet, organize social movements, exchange music and create art, find political representation, and even dissent. Valverde also exposes how generational, gender, class, and political tensions threaten to divide the ethnic community.

Transnationalizing Viet Nam paints a vivid picture of the complex political and personal allegiances that exist within Vietnamese America and shape the relations between this heterogeneous community and its country of origin.


  • Transnationalizing Viet Nam
  • Popular music: Sounds of home resistance and change
  • Social transformations from virtual communities
  • Defying and redefining Vietnamese diasporic art and media as seen through Chau Huynh’s creations
  • Whose community is it anyway? Overseas Vietnamese negotiating their cultural and political identity: The case of Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen
  • Vietnamese diaspora revisited

Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).

Réf. Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, Transnationalizing Viet Nam: community, culture, and politics in the diaspora, Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2012, 185 p.