Archives par mot-clé : Olga Dror

Olga Dror : La construction du culte de la personnalité de Ho Chi Minh – singularités et convergences (24 mars 2023 – IAO)

Séminaire de recherche de l’Institut d’Asie Orientale. A ne pas manquer.

Olga Dror est professeur d’histoire asiatique à l’Université Texas A&M et a travaillé sur les religions vietnamienne et chinoise, les missionnaires européens et les expériences des civils pendant la guerre du Vietnam. Sa recherche actuelle est axée sur le culte de la personnalité de Ho Chi Minh. Elle a reçu de nombreuses bourses prestigieuses américaines et internationales.

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The Intellectual History of Buddhism in the Republic of Viet Nam (1955-1975)

Parution d’un important numéro spécial multilingue sur le mouvement bouddhiste sous la République du Viêt-Nam (1955-1975) sous la direction de Olga Dror (Texas A&M University) et de Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox (Western Connecticut State University). N° 35 de la Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, accès en ligne.

Images of Buddhist protest are an enduring part of the collective memory of the Second Indochina War. Along with the most iconic image of Thích Quảng Đức’s June 1963 self-immolation in protest of Ngô Đình Diệm’s Buddhist policy, images of marches and protest meditations in Saigon abound. On the surface, the proximate reasons for these protests have been well understood since they began: in 1963, groups of politically active Buddhist monks, led by a faction from Huế were upset over the Diệm administrations heavy-handed enforcement of a restriction on sectarian flags, and over Diệm’s insensitivity to Buddhist concerns. In 1965-66, Buddhists, again led from Huế and now politically engaged on an even broader level, were calling for a swift end to military dictatorship; some went further and called for a withdrawal of US troops and a negotiated settlement to end the war.


This volume presents an exploration of this intellectual context for Buddhist political actions in Vietnam in the 1960s. Each essay focuses on exploring the motivations of key Buddhist actors. They attempt to delve into key Buddhist journals and texts to discover the connections between political actions of the 1960s and Buddhist experiences from the 1930s to 1950s. 

Lire la suite : The Intellectual History of Buddhism in the Republic of Viet Nam (1955-1975) – Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia

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Séminaire de recherche exceptionnel sur le Viêt-Nam avec Olga Dror & Keith W. Taylor – Inalco, 22 mai 2018

[ndlr] Séminaire de recherche exceptionnel en études vietnamiennes à l’Inalco, mardi 22 mai 2018, 13h30-17h00. A ne pas manquer.

L’Inalco et l’Université Paris Diderot sont heureux de vous inviter à une séance exceptionnelle de leur séminaire de recherche en études vietnamiennes, avec deux invités :

– Olga Dror, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University :

« Oublier et se souvenir du massacre de Huế, Tết 1968 »


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– Pr. Keith W. Taylor, Cornell University :

« Autour du poème ‘Tứ Thời Khúc’ en caractères démotiques du lettré Hoàng Sĩ Khải (XVIe siècle) »


La séance aura lieu le mardi 22 mai 2018, de 13h30 à 17h00, dans les salons de l’Inalco, 2 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris.

Évènement ouvert à tous. Soyez les bienvenus !

Image “à la une” : Huê, le 14 avril 1968, la vie reprend son cours dans les décombres de l’offensive du Têt © Bettmann/CORBIS sur le site de Manh Hai

Olga Dror : How China Used Schools to Win Over Hanoi

[ndlr] Signalement d’un article qui trouve une résonance particulière dans le contexte sino-vietnamien actuel.


How China Used Schools to Win Over Hanoi

by Olga Dror

In December 1966, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, or North Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of China signed an agreement to establish schools for North Vietnamese children in China, with China providing the facilities, funds and equipment. America’s bombing campaign over North Vietnam was in high gear, and Hanoi wanted to move its students to a safe place.

What is truly remarkable about this cross-border educational effort was that it began in the midst of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which started in May 1966 and destroyed the Chinese educational system (and left the Chinese economy in shambles). But the Chinese were willing to carve out space for the North Vietnamese because doing so served a higher, geopolitical purpose: competing with the Soviet Union for leadership of the global communist movement.

The Chinese program, known as Project 92, covered school construction and teaching equipment, as well as funds for daily expenses (the “92” refers to Sept. 2, 1945, the day Vietnam declared independence from France). One facility, the School of Sept. 2, was established specifically for children who had been relocated from South Vietnam. Another school, for military cadets, bore the name of Nguyen Van Troi, a young Saigonese who in May 1963 attempted to assassinate the American defense secretary, Robert McNamara, during his visit to South Vietnam, and who was executed by firing squad. Because the Chinese military was less affected by the Cultural Revolution than its civilian educational system, the military led the construction efforts.

Lire la suite : New York Times, 26/01/2018

Olga Dror is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University and the author of the forthcoming book “Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identity, 1965-75.” This article draws on material that will appear in an essay in the spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Cold War Studies.


Illustration “à la une” : Chinese militia members pledged support for Vietnam in its war against the United States in 1966 © Bettmann/Getty Images