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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


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.


  • 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 :

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.


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

Voir aussi :

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen (ed.), New Perceptions of the Vietnam War

NathalieHuynhChauNguyen_NewPerceptionsOfTheVietnamWar[ndlr] Nouvelle parution, présentation de l’éditeur et table des matières.

The effects of the War outside present-day Vietnam are ongoing. Substantial Vietnamese communities in countries that participated in the conflict are contributing to renewed interpretations of it. This collection of new essays explores changes in perceptions of the war and the Vietnamese diaspora, examining history, politics, biography and literature, with Vietnamese, American, Australian and French scholars providing new insights.

Twelve essays cover South Vietnamese leadership and policies, women and civilians, veterans overseas, smaller allies in the war (Australia), accounts by U.S., Australian and South Vietnamese servicemen as well as those of Indigenous soldiers from the U.S. and Australia, memorials and commemorations, and the legacy of war on individual lives and government policy.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Introduction: New Perceptions of the Vietnam War (Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen) 3

Part I: War and Politics

  • “A Short Road to Hell”: Thieu, South Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords (George J. Veith) 21
  • An Intellectual Through Revolution, War and Exile: The Political Commitment of Nguyen Ngoc Huy (1924-1990) (Francois Guillemot) 41
  • Fifty Years On: ­Half-Century Reflections on the Australian Commitment to the Vietnam War (Peter Edwards) 72

Part II: Memorials and Commemoration

  • Side-by-Side Memorials: Commemorating the Vietnam War in Australia (Christopher R. Linke) 85
  • Vietnam: The Long Journey Home (Elizabeth Stewart) 108

Part III: War and Women’s Writing

  • War Through Women’s Eyes: Nam Phuong’s Red on Gold and Yung Krall’s A Thousand Tears Falling (Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen) 129
  • The Postwar Body: The Literary Double in the Exile Literature of Linda Le (Alexandra Kurmann and Tess Do) 151

Part IV: Identities and Legacies

  • The Vietnam War: A Personal Journey (Robert S. McKelvey) 169
  • Recognition of War Service: Vietnamese Veterans and Australian Government Policy (Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen) 184
  • Indigenous Soldiers: Native American and Aboriginal Australian Service in Vietnam (Noah Riseman) 203
  • An Independent Command? Australia’s Ground Forces in the Vietnam War and Contemporary Memories (Bruce Davies) 229

About the Contributors 249

Index 253

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen is an associate professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Source : McFarland

The Vietnam War: New Perceptions [international symposium]

October 10-11, 2013

Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy

Vietnamese veterans marching on Anzac Day in Melbourne, 25 April 2011.
© Keith Broad

A symposium convened by Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Nathalie Nguyen from the National Centre for Australian Studies in the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies at Monash University, as part of her Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia.”

This interdisciplinary symposium examines the Vietnam War from new perspectives including those of the Vietnamese diaspora, and explores the ways in which perceptions of the war have altered in recent years. The effects of the Vietnam War outside the boundaries of the Vietnamese state are ongoing. The presence of a substantial Vietnamese diaspora in countries that participated in the conflict has contributed to changing interpretations of the war. This symposium acknowledges the South Vietnamese experience of the war and provides new insights into the reconstruction and memorialization of the war by Australian, American, Canadian and French scholars.


  • Dr Peter Edwards Deakin University
  • Dr François Guillemot CNRS/Institut d’Asie Orientale
  • Dr Robert McKelvey Oregon Health and Science University
  • Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen Monash University
  • Dr Frank Palmos University of Western Australia
  • Dr Noah Riseman Australian Catholic University
  • Professor Thanh-Vân Ton That Université Paris Est-Créteil
  • Associate Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde University of California Davis
  • Mr George J. Veith Independent Historian


  • Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

Contacts During Symposium

  • Francesca Vivarelli

Reception and Accommodation Officer
Monash University Prato Centre
Via Publiesi, 26 – Palazzo Vaj – 59100 Prato PO – Italy
T: +39 (0) 547 43691

  • Nathalie Nguyen


Thursday 10 October

Sala Toscana, Monash University Prato Centre, Via Publiesi 26, Prato

  • 9.00am-9.30am Welcome

Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director, Monash University Prato Centre

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Symposium Convenor

  • 9.30am-10.30am Dr François Guillemot

An Intellectual through Revolution, War, and Exile: The Political Commitment of Nguyen Ngoc Huy (1924-1990)

  • 10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am-12.00pm Mr George J. Veith

“A Short Race to Hell”: Thieu, South Vietnam, and the Paris Peace Accords

  • 12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Dr Noah Riseman

The Vietnam War and Indigenous Service in Australia and the United States

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

Recognition of War Service: Vietnamese Veterans and Australian Government Policy

  • 3.30pm-4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm-5.00pm Dr Peter Edwards

Fifty Years On: Half-Century Reflections on the Australian Commitment to the Vietnam War

  • 7.30pm Dinner

Antica Fiaschetteria, Via Dell’Accademia 49, Prato 5

Friday 11 October

Sala Toscana, Monash University Prato Centre, Via Publiesi 26, Prato

  • 9.30am-10.30am Dr Thanh-Vân Ton That

Stories of Passion and Decolonization from the Indochina War to the Vietnam War

  • 10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am-12.00pm Dr Frank Palmos

Vietnam’s Unfinished Revolution: Rising Voices in Alternatives to an Outmoded Ruling System

  • 12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Dr Robert McKelvey

The Vietnam War: A Personal Journey

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm Associate Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde

Viet Nam War as Concept: Recognizing Individual and Global Ownership of War Experience

  • 3.30pm-4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm-5.00pm Round Table Discussions
  • 7.30pm Dinner

Il Baghino, Via Dell’Accademia 9, Prato

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Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen : La mémoire est un autre pays – Femmes de la dia­spora viet­na­mienne

[ndlr] Avis de parution de l’ouvrage de Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen : La mémoire est un autre pays. Femmes de la diaspora vietnamienne (Paris, Riveneuve éditions, 2013).

Il s’agit de la traduction française de l’étude de Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, Memory is another country: women of the Vietnamese diaspora (Santa Barbara; Denver; Oxford: ABC Clio, 2009).




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