Maritime Awareness Project (MAP)

[ndlr] Signalement par Christoph Giebel (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) sur VSG d’une plateforme interactive en ligne dédiée à la question de l’espace maritime de l’Asie de l’Est.

For anyone interested in the island disputes in the East/South China/West Philippines Sea, there is the new and still developing Maritime Awareness Project (MAP), jointly undertaken by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR):

http://maritimeawarenessproject.org/about/

Its comprehensive interactive map feature is particularly impressive and informative:

http://maritimeawarenessproject.org/interactive-map/

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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.

Voir aussi :

Marie-Danielle Demélas : Parachutistes en Indochine [parution]

[ndlr] Présentation de l’éditeur.

Réf. : Demélas, Marie-Danielle, Parachutistes en Indochine, Paris, Vendémiaire, coll. Chroniques, 2016, 384 p. (cahier photos)

Demelas_ParachutistesEnIndochineQuand les premiers parachutistes sont envoyés en Indochine, ils appartiennent à des unités d’élite, entraînées pour des actions spectaculaires qui doivent redonner à la France le prestige qu’elle a perdu après l’effondrement de 1940. Pourtant, ces combattants ne sont guère préparés à ce qui les attend : une guérilla sans merci qui préfigure le conflit algérien, en même temps qu’une guerre plus classique menée avec artillerie lourde et DCA. Équipés de bric et de broc, embarqués dans les coups les plus durs et les plus audacieux contre un ennemi redoutable, trop souvent employés à des tâches routinières et harassantes, ils payeront à cette première guerre de décolonisation un terrible tribut, lors des batailles de la RC 4, à Diên Biên Phu, puis pendant de longs mois de captivité dans les camps des Viêt-minh.

Au plus près des sources, Marie-Danielle Demélas décrit la vie de ces soldats et de leurs officiers au jour le jour, tout en analysant sans concessions les errements stratégiques dont ils furent à la fois les victimes et les principaux protagonistes.

Docteur d’État en histoire, Marie-Danielle Demélas a été chercheur au CNRS et professeur à l’Université de Paris 3. La plupart de ses recherches ont été consacrées à l’histoire politique et militaire de l’Amérique latine et de l’Espagne. Elle a publié plusieurs ouvrages, parmi lesquels Genèse de la guerre de guérilla (Plural, La Paz, 2007).

Source : Vendémiaire

Henry Rousso : Face au passé. Essai sur la mémoire contemporaine [parution]

{ndlr] Présentation de l’éditeur.

Réf. : Rousso, Henry, Face au passé. Essai sur la mémoire contemporaine, Paris, Belin, coll. Histoire, 2016, 336 p. ISBN 978-2-7011-9763-0

“La mémoire du passé peut-elle conjurer le retour de la violence de masse?”

Rousso_FaceAuPasséLe terme de « mémoire » n’est plus seulement un mot galvaudé, c’est un mot usé. Il a fini par désigner sans distinction tout type de rapport entre passé et présent, reléguant au second rang, non sans de vives querelles, d’autres modalités comme la tradition ou l’histoire. Si la mémoire continue de fonder toute identité collective, elle a donné lieu ces dernières décennies à des formes inédites de revendications sociales et de politiques publiques. Elle est devenue une valeur cardinale de notre temps, un nouveau droit humain, un marqueur des sociétés démocratiques, qui repose sur l’idée qu’il faut agir rétroactivement sur l’Histoire, même révolue, pour la « réparer » et la réécrire au nom de principes qui fondent notre présent.

Dans cet ouvrage, Henry Rousso, l’un des premiers historiens à avoir travaillé sur l’histoire du souvenir des grands traumatismes collectifs, s’intéresse aux évolutions récentes des usages et politiques de mémoire en France mais montre aussi à quel point la compréhension de ces phénomènes doit se penser à une échelle globale, européenne ou mondiale. L’enjeu est d’importance : l’investissement considérable des sociétés modernes pour entretenir le souvenir des catastrophes historiques ne les a pas prémunies contre un retour du tragique et de la violence de masse qu’elles pensaient ainsi conjurer.

Henry Rousso est directeur de recherche au CNRS (Institut d’histoire du temps présent) et enseigne en France et à l’étranger. Il est notamment l’auteur de : Le Syndrome de Vichy (1987), Vichy un passé qui ne passe pas (avec É. Conan, 1994), La Hantise du passé (1997), La dernière catastrophe. L’histoire, le présent, le contemporain (2012).

Source : Belin

Viet Thanh Nguyen : Nothing Ever Dies – Vietnam and the Memory of War [parution]

[ndlr] Le nouvel ouvrage de Viet Thanh Nguyen sur les mémoires et la guerre au Viêt-Nam. Présentation de l’éditeur.

All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the bestselling novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War—a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both nations.

From a kaleidoscope of cultural forms—novels, memoirs, cemeteries, monuments, films, photography, museum exhibits, video games, souvenirs, and more—Nothing Ever Dies brings a comprehensive vision of the war into sharp focus. At stake are ethical questions about how the war should be remembered by participants that include not only Americans and Vietnamese but also Laotians, Cambodians, South Koreans, and Southeast Asian Americans. Too often, memorials valorize the experience of one’s own people above all else, honoring their sacrifices while demonizing the “enemy”—or, most often, ignoring combatants and civilians on the other side altogether. Visiting sites across the United States, Southeast Asia, and Korea, Viet Thanh Nguyen provides penetrating interpretations of the way memories of the war help to enable future wars or struggle to prevent them.

Drawing from this war, Nguyen offers a lesson for all wars by calling on us to recognize not only our shared humanity but our ever-present inhumanity. This is the only path to reconciliation with our foes, and with ourselves. Without reconciliation, war’s truth will be impossible to remember, and war’s trauma impossible to forget.

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  • Prologue
  • Just Memory
  • Ethics
    • 1. On Remembering One’s Own
    • 2. On Remembering Others
    • 3. On the Inhumanities
  • Industries
    • 4. On War Machines
    • 5. On Becoming Human
    • 6. On Asymmetry
  • Aesthetics
    • 7. On Victims and Voices
    • 8. On True War Stories
    • 9. On Powerful Memory
  • Just Forgetting
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Acknowledgments
  • Credits
  • Index

Source : Harvard University Press

Réf. : Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies. Vietnam and the Memory of War, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 2016, 374 p. ISBN : 9780674660342.

Photo “à la une ” : Viet Thanh Nguyen (Twitter)

Un air de liberté à Saigon : mariage de deux anciens prisonniers de conscience

[ndlr] Vidéo en ligne du mariage de la dissidente Phạm Thanh Nghiên et de Huỳnh Anh Tú, cumulant à eux deux 18 ans de prison sous le régime communiste. Mémoires d’Indochine leur souhaite 100 ans de bonheur ! (mừng hạnh phúc trăm năm !).

Tối 17/4/2016 tại tiệc cưới của hai cựu Tù Nhân Lương Tâm Huỳnh Anh Tú & Phạm Thanh Nghiên chỉ có mặt 30 TÙ NHÂN LƯƠNG TÂM nhưng tổng cộng họ đã ở cả 200 năm tù trong chế độ CSVN này …

Thượng tọa Thích Thiện Minh 26 năm, chú rễ Huỳnh Anh Tú 14 năm, Mai Thị Dung 11 năm, Võ Văn Bửu 9 năm, cô dâu Nguyễn Thanh Nghiên 4 năm, … ngoài ra còn có BS Nguyễn Đan Quế, LS Lê Công Định, GS Phạm Minh Hoàng, KS Phạm Bá Hải, KS Đinh Nhật Uy, Ký giả Trương Minh Đức, Đỗ Thị Minh Hạnh, Nguyễn Bắc Truyển, SV Nguyễn Phương Uyên, MS Dương Kim Khải, MS Nguyễn Hồng Quang …

Voir aussi :

Prix Pulitzer 2016 : Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathiser

[ndlr] Le Prix Pulitzer de la fiction 2016 a été décerné à l’écrivain et chercheur Viet Thanh Nguyen (Nguyễn Thanh Việt) pour son premier roman The Sympathizer (publié chez Grove Press, 2015) lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix à New York le 18 avril 2016.

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A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astonishing novel takes us inside the mind of this double agent, a man whose lofty ideals necessitate his betrayal of the people closest to him. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. His stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Narrative, and the Chicago Tribune and he is the author of the academic book Race and Resistance. He teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Source : Pulitzer Price

Voir également :

  • Michelle Dean, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer: from overlooked to Pulitzer winner, The Guardian, 18/04/2016.

Photo “à la une”  : Viet Thanh Nguyen © Pulitzer board / handout / EPA

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