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Publication of interviews with leaders and party members of nationalist parties in Vietnam on their activities 1945-1954

Le politiste Vu Tuong présente des nouvelles ressources disponibles en ligne pour l’histoire du nationalisme vietnamien.

I’m happy to announce new materials for researchers interested in studying Vietnam’s politics during 1945-1954. 

The US-Vietnam Research Center at the University of Oregon just began publishing a collection of interview transcripts. These interviews were conducted by Professor Nguyen Manh Hung (George Mason University, emeritus) under the auspices of the US Social Science Research Council, from 1986 to 2021. 

His 33 interviewees included leaders and important party members of nationalist parties in Vietnam in the first half of the 20th century, including Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng (Vietnam Nationalist Party), Đại Việt Quốc Dân Đảng (Nationalist Party of Greater Vietnam), and Đại Việt Duy Dân Đảng (Populist Revolutionary Party of Greater Vietnam). 

Here is Professor Nguyen Manh Hung’s introduction of the collection in English:

In this article, readers can find links to interview transcripts in the Vietnamese page of the US-Vietnam Research Center’s website.

We first publish interviews with historical figures of Đại Việt Quốc Dân Đảng to be followed by the other two parties. We intend to publish one transcript every 2 weeks, and have published 4 such documents. FYI, all the transcripts are in original Vietnamese language and have not been translated into English.

Table of Content (in Vietnamese)

  • Introduction to Book I, about Đại Việt Quốc Dân Đảng

  • Interview with Nguyễn Văn Canh

  • Interview with Phạm Văn Liễu

  • Interview with Đào Nhật Tiến

  • Interview with Nguyễn Tôn Hoàn :

We hope this new source will be useful, and welcome suggestions or questions from readers. 
Tuong Vu

US-Vietnam Research Center, University of Oregon

Special issue – The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies [parution]

Numéro spécial de la Revue Russe d’Etudes Vietnamiennes consacré à la recherche française sur le Viêt Nam. Disponible directement en ligne !

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Décès de Trần Quang Hải (1944-2021)


Bạch Yến, Trần Minh Tâm, Thierry et Hugo Panchaud ont l’immense douleur de vous faire part de la disparition de son mari, leur père et grand père.

Tran Quang Hai © DR

Le Professeur  TRẦN  QUANG  HẢI


Docteur en Ethnomusicologie

né le 13/05/1944 à Linh Đông, Thủ Đức, Gia Ðịnh, Saigon,

décédé le 29/12/2021 à Limeil-Brévannes (France) à l’âge de 77 ans.

La cérémonie sera célébrée le 04/01/2022 à 13:30 au Crématorium de Valenton, 13 Av. de la Fontaine Saint Martin, 94460 Valenton.

Giáo sư Trần Quang Hải qua đời tại Pháp, RFI, 30/12/2021.

Ca sĩ Bạch Yến vừa chính thức thông báo cho RFI Việt ngữ là giáo sư-nhạc sĩ Trần Quang Hải vừa qua đời lúc 0 giờ 46 phút ngày 30/12/2021 tại Pháp. Ban Việt ngữ xin thành kính phân ưu với gia đình ca sĩ Bạch Yến và gia đình giáo sư Trần Quang Hải. Cầu xin cho linh hồn giáo sư Trần Quang Hải sớm được siêu thoát.

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Pour en savoir plus sur son travail d’ethnomusicologue :

Johanni Curtet et Quang Hải Trần, « Trần Quang Hải, expérimentateur de l’oralité », Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie [En ligne], 32 | 2019, mis en ligne le 01 octobre 2021. URL :

Jonathan London, ed. Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam [A paraître]

A paraître en 2022 : un important ouvrage sur le Viêt Nam contemporain comprenant 38 chapitres. Indispensable pour comprendre le Viêt Nam d’aujourd’hui. Présentation de l’éditeur ci-après.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam is a comprehensive resource exploring social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Vietnam, one of contemporary Asia’s most dynamic but least understood countries. Following an introduction that highlights major changes that have unfolded in Vietnam over the past three decades, the volume is organized into four thematic parts, comprising:

  • Politics and Society 
  • Economy and Society 
  • Social life and institutions
  • Cultures in Motion

Part one address key aspects of Vietnam’s politics, from the role of the Communist Party of Vietnam in shaping the country’s institutional evolution to continuity and change in patterns of socio-political organization, political expression, state repression, diplomatic relations, and human rights. 

Part two assesses the transformation of Vietnam’s economy, addressing patterns of economic growth, investment and trade, the role of the state in the economy, and other economic aspects of social life. 

Parts three and four examine developments across a variety of social and cultural fields, through chapters on themes including welfare, inequality, social policy, urbanization, the environment and society, gender, ethnicity, the family, cuisine, art, mass media, and the politics of remembrance.

Featuring 38 essays by leading Vietnam scholars from around the world, this book provides a cutting-edge analysis of Vietnam’s transformation and changing engagement with the world. It is an invaluable interdisciplinary reference work that will be of interest to students and academics of Southeast Asian Studies, as well as policymakers, analysts and anyone wishing to learn more about contemporary Vietnam.

Table of Contents for the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam

1 “How to Study Contemporary Vietnam?” by Jonathan London

Part 1 – Politics and Society

2 “The Communist Party of Vietnam: Consolidating Market-Leninism” by Jonathan London

3 “Political representation in contemporary Vietnam” by Paul Schuler

4 “Public political criticism in Vietnam, 1990s-2018” by Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet

5 “Civil society and advocacy networks in Vietnam” by Andrew Wells-Dang

6 “The Role of the Military and Public Security in Contemporary Vietnam” by Carlyle A. Thayer

7 “Human rights in Contemporary Vietnam” by Gisle Kvanig

8 “Vietnam’s foreign policy: Structure, evolution, and contemporary challenges” by Le Hong Hiep

Part 2 – Economy and Society 

9 “Vietnam’s Extraordinary Economic Journey From Poverty to Prosperity” by Martin Rama

10 “Vietnam’s Foreign Direct Investment and Export Performance” by Athukorala & Nguyen Trung Kien

11 “Contemporary Vietnam: State effectiveness under conditions of commercialization” by Jonathan Pincus

12 “The political economy of private sector development in Vietnam since Doi Moi” by Tu-Anh Vu-Thanh

13 “Decentralization and Economic Development in Vietnam” by Edmund Malesky

14 “Contradictions of Multi-stakeholder Labor Relations in Vietnam” by Angie Ngọc Trần

15 “Land in Contemporary Vietnam” by Nguyen Van Suu

16 “Market Personhood in Urban Southern Vietnam” by Ann Marie Leshkowich

17 “Contemporary Vietnam’s Economy in historical perspective: Đổi mới or đổi lại?” by Gerard Sasges

Part 3 Social Life and Institutions

18 “Welfare, Inequality, and Opportunity in Contemporary Vietnam” by Jonathan London and Jonathan Pincus

19 “Education and development in Vietnam: A Glass half full?” by Diep Phan and Ian Coxhead

20 “Contemporary Vietnam’s health status and health system” by Tran Khanh Toan

21 “Post-Colonial Urbanization in Vietnam: Urban Order and Unruliness” by Erik Harms & Danielle Labbé

22 “Sociocultural Life and Social Relations in Rural Vietnam’s Lowlands” by Hy V. Luong & Phan Văn Dốp

23 “The Cosmopolitan delta: Ethnic pluralism at the mouth of Mekong” by Philip Taylor

24 “Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam: State Relations and Social Change” by Pamela McElwee

25 “Environment and ociety in contemporary Vietnam” by Nga Dao

26 “The Family in Contemporary Vietnam” by Nguyen Huu Minh

27 “Feminism in Vietnam: Women’s studies, gender research, and intersections” by Huong Thu Nguyen & Helle Rydstrom

28 “Masculinity and Violence in Vietnam” by Helle Rydstrom

29 “Marriage, Family and Kinship in Vietnam: Shadows and Silences” by Tine M. Gammeltoft

30 “Extramarital Relationships, Masculinity, and Gender Relations in Vietnam” by Nguyen Khanh Linh & Jack Harris

31 “LGBTQ in Vietnam/ Heteronomativity and resistance” by Paul Horton and Helle Rydstrom

Part 4 Cultures in Motion

32 “Contemporary Vietnamese Cuisine” by Christopher Annear and Jack Harris

33 “Driving Doi Moi: Motorbikes, Cars, and Capitalism in Vietnam’s Socialist Market Economy” by Arve Hansen

34 “Religion in Contemporary Vietnam” by Chung V. Hoang

35. “Movements of Independent Art in Contemporary Vietnam” by Bùi Kim Đĩnh

36 “Revolutionary Journalism in Contemporary Vietnam” by Nguyen-Pochan Thi Thanh Phuong

37 “Popular television in Contemporary Vietnam: Socialist politics and market competition” by Giang Nguyen-Thu

38 “Remembrance, commemoration, and revolutionary apparitions: Ritualizing connections with the past and the future in Vietnam” by Oscar Salemink

Advanced praise for the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam 

“This is an extremely valuable compilation of essays by more than forty scholars coming from three generations, elucidating important developments in Vietnam during the past three decades.  I learned a great deal.”  

David G. Marr, Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University 


“An excellent guide to the politics and economy of Vietnam today, the handbook also illuminates a variety of social issues. It should be of interest to individuals engaged in scholarship, business, or tourism.” 

Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History, Emerita, Harvard University 


“This is an excellent volume comprehensive in its coverage of contemporary Vietnam, and attentive in its multiple approaches across disciplines and fields of knowledge. It’s a necessary handbook for interested students of Vietnam as well as those seeking any kind of engagement with the country.” 

Nguyễn-võ Thu-hương, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles. 


“An essential resource for understanding the complex dynamics of social, political, economic, cultural, and ecological transformation in Vietnam. International contributors from across the social sciences provide a brilliant overview of Vietnam past and present, while raising important questions about the direction of future research.” 

Christina Schwenkel, Professor of Anthropology and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.

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Temporalités khmères de près, de loin, entre îles et péninsules [parution]

Avis de parution d’une nouvelle étude collective sur la culture khmère.

Temporalités khmères

de près, de loin, entre îles et péninsules

sous la direction de Nasir Abdoul-Carime, Éric Bourdonneau, Grégory Mikaelian et Joseph Thach

Dans un précédent volume dont ce livre est en partie la continuation, une série d’enquêtes linguistiques, ethnographiques et historiques illustrait certains aspects des représentations du passé chez les Khmers, tandis que des spécialistes d’autres aires culturelles que l’Asie du Sud-Est apportaient un contre-point comparatif pour chacune des disciplines concernées. Ce premier jalon amenait à questionner plus avant la notion de temporalité. Le prisme comparatif retenu à nouveau dans cet ouvrage fait fond sur une double perspective insulaire et péninsulaire, celle de terres encerclées ou bordées par la mer. Aux propos concernant le royaume khmer, lui-même lové au cœur de la péninsule indochinoise, il appose ceux de spécialistes de la péninsule indienne, des îles insulindiennes, japonaises, papoues et malgache. Cette juxtaposition, qui étonnera peut-être, s’inscrit toutefois dans une tradition historiographique, celle des conceptualisations de l’aire culturelle sud-est asiatique, dans laquelle, de Paul Mus à Denys Lombard, l’au-delà des mers tient un rôle décisif dans l’appréhension des civilisations qui s’y nouent, entre océan Indien et mer de Chine.

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Shawn F. McHale: The First Vietnam War. Violence, Sovereignty, and the Fracture of the South, 1945–1956 [parution]

Une nouvelle étude sur la partie méridionale du Viêt-Nam, de la Cochinchine à l’avènement de la Première République du Viêt Nam (Sud, 1955-1963). Un ouvrage clé proposant une nouvelle histoire de la guerre de résistance, à ne pas manquer. Présentation de l’éditeur.

Shawn McHale explores why the communist-led Resistance in Vietnam won the anticolonial war against France (1945–54), except in the South. He shows how broad swaths of Vietnamese people were uneasily united in 1945 under the Viet Minh Resistance banner, all opposing the French attempt to reclaim control of the country. By 1947, Resistance unity had shattered and Khmer-Vietnamese ethnic violence had divided the Mekong Delta. From this point on, the war in the south turned into an overt civil war wrapped up in a war against France. Based on extensive archival research in four countries and in three languages, this is the first substantive English-language book focused on southern Vietnam’s transition from colonialism to independence.

Shawn F. McHale is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University. His first book, Print and Power: Confucianism, Communism, and Buddhism in the Making of Modern Vietnam (University of Hawaii Press, 2004), was a finalist for the Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies.

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Tìm thấy bản thu âm Vọng cổ hoài lang thập niên 1920

Trouvaille d’un disque 78 tours d’un célèbre titre de théâtre rénové (Cai Luong) dans un musée français. Article en vietnamien.

LTS: Tiến sĩ Nguyễn Lê Tuyên là nhà soạn nhạc, nghiên cứu âm nhạc và nghệ sĩ guitar danh tiếng, có nhiều am hiểu về nghệ thuật đờn ca tài tử và cải lương. Mới đây, ông đã tìm thấy một bản thu âm bài “Vọng cổ hoài lang” của thập niên 1920 trong bảo tàng Pháp. Người Đô Thị trân trọng giới thiệu tư liệu quý hiếm này, cùng bài viết của Tiến sĩ Nguyễn Lê Tuyên gửi riêng cho Người Đô Thị.

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