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“Studying Republican Vietnam: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects” – Call for papers

[ndlr] Appel à communication sur l’étude du républicanisme vietnamien. Une initiative importante pour la compréhension de la déchirure vietnamienne et ses conséquences politiques sur le long terme.

The Center for Asian-Pacific Studies and the Asian Studies Program at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, are pleased to announce the CALL FOR PAPERS for a Workshop on “Studying Republican Vietnam: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects,” to be held on October 14-15, 2019 at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.


Scholarly interest in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) has surged in the last decade. Yet Republican Vietnam is a much broader subject, ranging from the spread of republican ideas to French Indochina at the turn of the century to the memories of the RVN among the diaspora and the resurgence of interests in republican values in Vietnam today, and everything in between. We invite paper proposals from US, international and Vietnam-based scholars to address the following questions and topics:

• Vietnamese republicanism: its character, history, evolution, current status, and historical relations to communism and monarchism
• The RVN’s life and legacies: political, security, economic, social, cultural, religious and educational institutions and policies under the RVN
• The experience of the RVN in nation-building and in the struggle for democratic rule and constitutional order compared with other postcolonial contexts
• The evolution of Republican ideas, leaderships, and institutions from the First Republic (1955-63) to the Interregnum (1963-67) to the Second Republic (1967-75)
• The significance of the Republican experience in Vietnamese history; lessons from that experience
• Parallels between the civil wars of 20th-century Vietnam and earlier civil wars in Vietnamese history
• Historiography of the RVN: in today’s Vietnam, in foreign scholarship, among the diaspora
• Anticommunism in Vietnam and among the diaspora abroad: its main themes and organizations; its relationship with republicanism
• The diaspora: political, economic, cultural, religious, and educational organizations; issues of trauma, memories, and identity
• The study of the RVN and Vietnamese republicanism: challenges and prospects

Please submit your paper proposals by March 1st, 2019 to Tuong Vu, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon, at: Authors whose proposals are selected will be notified by April 15th, 2019. A draft of proposed papers is due by August 15th.

Paper presenters will be provided with funds for travel and accommodation during the Workshop. For updates on the Workshop, please use this link: We expect to edit and publish workshop papers with a university press.

Tuong Vu
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

Image “à la une” : Enveloppe Premier jour “Le Viêt-Nam dans la lutte et la reconstruction”, 1966 © DR

“1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War” (Call for Papers and Panels)

Message de Steve Maxner du Vietnam Center à l’université Lubbock du Texas.

Conference Call for Papers and Panels
“1969:  Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War”

April 25-27, 2019, Lubbock, Texas

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1969. We expect in this conference to approach a wide range of historical events and topics by hosting presenters who examine diplomatic, military, international, regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War. We also seek presentations that reflect the recent and emerging scholarship on the transition of leadership from Johnson to Nixon and from Westmoreland to Abrams in challenging and complicating existing interpretations of them and their policies. We are also particularly interested in papers that address the concepts of “Vietnamization” and the shift toward “pacification.” We seek presentations that reflect all participants and perspectives, including those of the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and other nations involved. Additional areas of interest include the strategic and tactical decision-making to expand the war into Cambodia with OPERATION MENU. We also encourage presentations that examine the social and religious aspects of the war, the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, the effect of journalism and reporting on the war, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy and military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

This two-day conference will be hosted in Lubbock, Texas. Conference organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include a moderator/commentator and three individual presentations. Conference sessions will follow the standard 90-minute format to include 60 minutes for presentations (20 minutes per presentation) followed by 30 minutes for commentary, questions, and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students. Graduate student travel grants will be made available to select students. All presentations will be video recorded and made publicly available after the conference via the Vietnam Center and Archive website. Select papers may also be published in a collection by the TTU Press.

Proposal submission deadline is February 1, 2019.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to The program committee of Ron Milam, Steve Maxner, Justin Hart, Dave Lewis, and Laura Calkins will evaluate all paper proposals and develop a program that reflects the many remarkable aspects of 1969. If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.

“People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965-1975”.

[ndlr] Histoire orale. Présentation le 1er octobre 2018 du témoignage de Bui Diêm, ancien ambassadeur de la République du Viêt-Nam (Sud, 1955-1975) aux États-Unis. Nous remercions le chercheur Alex-Thai D. Vo pour cette information (présentation ci-dessous).

October 1, 2018, the Vietnam War Oral History Project will release an oral history documentary titled “People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965-1975”.  The project features an extensive ~17 hours of interview with Bui Diem, the former Republic of Vietnam Ambassador to the United States.

Please click the following links for two excerpts: (introduction) (Part 1 sample)

The Vietnam War Oral History Project gathers, preserves, and disseminates recorded interviews pertaining to the history of the Vietnam War.  The objective of the Project is to preserve the historical memories and viewpoints of those who participated in, contributed to, or experienced the war.  The records will be retained for students, researchers, and others who may be interested in the subject and the historical period that the Project covers.


Table of Contents


Phần 1:    Nguồn Gốc Sự Can Thiệp Của Hoa Kỳ Tại Việt Nam, 1945-1965



Phần 2:    Hoa Kỳ Đưa Quân Vào Việt Nam

Phần 3:    Sự Hiện Diện Của Người Mỹ và Các Ảnh Hưởng về Kinh Tế, Xã Hội, Chính Trị, và Quân Sự

Phần 4:    1968: Mậu Thân, Bầu Cử và Những Ảnh Hưởng Đưa Đến Paris

Phần 5:    Hiệp Định Paris và Những Hậu Quả



Phần 6:    Phong Trào Phản Chiến và Ảnh Hưởng Đối Với Chính Sách Việt Nam Của Hoa Kỳ

Phần 7:    Những Diễn Biến Đưa Đến Paris

Phần 8:    Hội Đàm Sơ Bộ Tại Paris

Phần 9:    Richard Nixon, Anna Chennault và Cuộc Bầu Cử Năm 1968

Phần 10:  Mật Đàm Paris

Phần 11:  Sự Vận Hành Của Nền Chính Trị Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam Hóa Chiến Tranh

Phần 12:  Phản Chiến Bùng Nổ, Hồ Sơ Pentagon, và Lo Ngại Của Hoa Kỳ về Cuộc Bầu Cử Tổng Thống Năm 1971 ở Nam Việt Nam

Phần 13:  ‘Vừa Đánh Vừa Đàm’, ‘Xích Lại Gần Nhau’, và ‘Hòa Bình Trong Danh Dự’



Phần 14:  Bài Học Lịch Sử và Những Vấn Đề Đại Cương

Phần 15:  Để Hiểu Thêm về Con Người và Nền Chính Trị Hoa Kỳ

Details on the documentary:Price: $20 plus shipping for a 64GB USB stick
What is included: ~17 hours of video, divided into 15 thematic parts (table of context below). Additionally, there will be ~ 300 pages of Vietnamese transcription and approximately 150 digitized documents. Overall, I hope this project will be useful for many. Please refer it to those who may be interested, especially your home institution’s library! To order, please contact me via

For more information on the project:

1948-2018 : 70 ans d’existence du drapeau du Viêt-Nam libre

[ndlr] A l’occasion du 70ème anniversaire du Drapeau du Viêt-Nam libre, initié par l’AGEVP (Association Générale des Étudiants Vietnamiens de Paris) avec le soutien d’autres associations, une grande marche s’est déroulée à Paris le samedi 9 juin 2018.

Le défilé qui serpentait dans le 13e arrondissement a rassemblé environ 450 personnes. Cette manifestation colorée a été un moment fort pour signifier l’attachement des réfugiés vietnamiens et des générations suivantes à un symbole national en vigueur au Viêt-Nam entre 1948 et 1975 et un symbole communautaire pour de nombreux réfugiés politiques après 1975 à travers le monde. Particulièrement importante aux États-Unis, au Canada, en Australie ou en Europe, la communauté vietnamienne reste attachée aux valeurs de liberté, de progrès et de justice sociale du pavillon aux trois bandes rouges.

L’argumentaire de cette manifestation en précisait le contexte :

  • 1948 : le 10 décembre, l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies adopte la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme à Paris au Palais de Chaillot.
  • 1948, le 2 juin, six mois plus tôt, le Gouvernement Central Provisoire du Vietnam adopte comme drapeau national « Cờ Càn », le Drapeau Jaune avec trois bandes rouges continues, et comme hymne national « Thanh niên hành khúc », “La marche de la Jeunesse”.

Le choix de ce drapeau est fondé sur sa signification et son symbole : les couleurs jaune et rouge représentent le peuple vietnamien de peau jaune et de sang rouge.

Historiquement, le fond jaune constitue la représentation des différentes dynasties du Vietnam, avec des écritures centrales en rouge variant selon les époques. « Cờ Vàng », le Drapeau Jaune est l’empreinte de l’Histoire vietnamienne et de ses traditions millénaires.

Les trois bandes rouges ont un sens particulier : elles symbolisent la réunification des trois régions, reconnue en 1948 après des décennies de lutte, pour laquelle des hommes et des femmes se sont sacrifiés. Elles incarnent la liberté, la démocratie et la souveraineté :

– Liberté, ou le droit à l’expression de son opinion, dans le respect de l’ordre social,

– Démocratie, où le vote citoyen et le pluralisme politique conditionnent l’évolution sociale et politique du pays,

– Souveraineté, ou le droit et le devoir de préserver son identité, son âme de toute ingérence extérieure.

Mais au Vietnam, qu’en est-il aujourd’hui ?

70 ans après, le Drapeau Jaune flotte toujours, pour nous rappeler la nécessité absolue de ces principes, seuls garants d’un état indépendant de toute puissance étrangère et qui reconnaît à ses citoyens leurs droits humains, civils et politiques.

“Pour un Viêt-Nam libre, démocratique et souverain”… rappelle la grande banderole de début de défilé. Alors que le pays traverse depuis 2011 des périodes de tension liée à l’expansionnisme chinois et que des interrogations se posent de nouveau sur le rôle de l’État-Parti vietnamien face à son grand voisin du nord, ce symbole est réapparu au Viêt-Nam même comme un défi de légitimité.


Photos : © AGEVP

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Célébration des 70 ans du Drapeau Jaune du Vietnam Libre – samedi 9 juin 2018

[ndlr] Annonce de la journée de commémoration de la création du drapeau jaune aux trois bandes rouges il y a 70 ans. Une marche est organisée le samedi 9 juin dans les rues du XIIIe arrondissement de Paris (quartier asiatique) suivi d’une rencontre-débat. Présentation en vietnamien et en français. Texte des associations organisatrices.

Cờ Vàng ba sọc đỏ là lá cờ trong con tim và khối óc của muôn triệu người dân Việt thiết tha với Tự Do, Dân ChủTự Chủ, không chấp nhận sự lấn át đã dần biến thành một hình thức đô hộ của Trung Cộng, không chấp nhận sự kiện bán nước của đảng CSVN đang độc quyền cai trị.

Nhân dịp 70 năm cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ, 1948 – 2018, THSV VN Paris cùng các tổ chức đồng đứng ra tổ chức mùa Vinh Danh 70 Năm Cờ Việt Nam Tự Do.

Ngày thứ bảy 09/06/2018

10g30 – Diễn hành Cờ Vàng tại ( Paris store) 44 avenue d’Ivry – 75013 Paris

13g15 – Ăn trưa, Hội thảo, Văn nghệ tại M.A.S. 10 rue des Terres au Curé – 75013 Paris

Hãy cùng nhau tham dự đông đảo để thành kính tưởng niệm các anh hùng tử sỹ đã hy sinh dưới lá cờ này, khẳng định tiếp tục cuộc đấu tranh cho Việt Nam Tự Do, Dân Chủ,Tự Chủ, và hỗ trợ những nhà tranh đấu quốc nội.

Xin gửi đến quý Bác, các Anh Chị Em lộ trình buổi sáng mùng 9 tháng 6; xin mời các thiếu nữ cùng mặc áo dài quần trắng, và các thanh niên quần xậm áo trắng, cho cuộc diễn hành thật trang nghiêm.

Tổng Hội Sinh Viên Việt Nam tại Paris.

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Pour des millions de Vietnamiens, le Drapeau Jaune aux trois bandes rouges est le symbole de la Liberté, la Démocratie et la Souveraineté. Il est le refus de toute ingérence étrangère, de la Chine actuellement. Il est l’opposition à l’autocratie du gouvernement de Hanoi, qui jugule le peuple et dilapide le patrimoine vietnamien.

2018 : l’A.G.E.V.P. lance avec de nombreuses associations de la communauté vietnamienne en France, en Europe et dans le monde, une campagne de célébration des 70 ans du Drapeau Jaune du Vietnam Libre.

Samedi 09/06/2018

10h30 : Défilé du Drapeau Jaune, départ 44 avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris

13h15 : Déjeuner puis Conférence – Débat – Animations à la M.A.S. 10 rue des Terres au Curé, 75013 Paris

Venez nombreux à cette journée d’action et d’échange.

Rendons hommage aux personnes qui ont donné leur vie pour les Valeurs de ce Drapeau.

Soutenons les hommes et les femmes qui en ce moment, luttent pour la Liberté, la Démocratie et la Souveraineté du Vietnam.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint l’itinéraire du Défilé du matin du 9 juin prochain;  la tenue d’une tunique blanche ou d’une chemise blanche renforcera la solennité de notre Marche.

Association Générale des Etudiants Vietnamiens de Paris – – mail:
132 avenue d’Italie – 75013 Paris
– Défendre la liberté, préserver la culture, préparer la jeunesse –

Lan Cao : Vietnam Wasn’t Just an American War [NYT]

[ndlr] Nouvel article sur la guerre, une perspective du côté vietnamien sous la plume de l’écrivaine Lan Cao.

More than 40 years after its end, the Vietnam War remains, for Americans, essentially an American experience, or more accurately, an American metaphor. The continuing American inability and unwillingness to include the Vietnamese perspective also speaks volumes about how the United States relates to the rest of the world. Americans want to be understood but rarely want to understand others.

Hollywood movies have been particularly powerful in shaping America’s Vietnam War narrative. The story line may change, but the backdrop is the same. Chaos, not just wartime chaos, not just the proverbial “war is hell” chaos, but its Asiatic variant — with the inscrutable and unknowable always lurking and pouncing upon the naïve American protagonist. Predictably, as in “Apocalypse Now,” there were fetid rivers, torrid jungles and impassive brown faces as backdrops to an American soldier’s odyssey through the heart of darkness that is Vietnam.

The overarching theme was Vietnam’s meaninglessness and what it did to Americans and America. There was always the tortured, psychologically unglued Vietnam veteran like the one in “The Deer Hunter.” Metaphor takes over as American prisoners of war were forced to endure Russian roulette, a supposedly popular game played in back alleys by natives who seemingly have little value for life. Whether this game existed was irrelevant. It served to symbolize the brutality of war and the lunacies of this particular war.

Lire la suite : New York Times, 22/03/1967.

Ouvrage de cette auteure :

Image “à la une” : Soldats sud-vietnamiens lors d’un engagement contre les troupes nord-vietnamiennes près de Khê Sanh © 1971 UPI radio by Willie Vicoy

Sean Fear : How South Vietnam Defeated Itself

[ndlr] Article intéressant de la série Vietnam’ 67. Un regard sur la politique intérieure de la République du Viêt-Nam à la suite de la déflagration du Têt 1968.

In the early hours of Jan. 30, 1968, the first Communist rockets struck provincial capitals across South Vietnam. A nationwide ground assault followed, and by morning the next day, much of the urban South was besieged, including Saigon’s radio station, the South Vietnamese military headquarters and even the American Embassy. What local papers dubbed the “Year of Sand” — referring to the ubiquitous sandbags appearing in front of the nation’s doors and windows — was well underway.

In the United States, the attacks, which came to be known as the Tet offensive, are remembered as a psychological turning point, the moment when President Johnson is said to have lost the faith of CBS broadcaster Walter Cronkite — and by extension, the public at large. Indeed, though Communist forces suffered substantial losses in manpower and morale, the contradiction between American officials’ buoyant promises and weeks of astonishing televised carnage was never reconciled. But Tet’s political impact in South Vietnam proved equally significant, and no less critical, in determining the outcome of the war.

Still routinely mischaracterized as an American client regime, South Vietnam was home to millions of fervent but factionalized anti-Communists, mostly concentrated in urban centers and provincial capitals. Reacting to the shock of Tet, they set aside longstanding quarrels and rallied in a rare display of solidarity. But the outpouring of constructive energy following the Tet attacks was hastily squandered. Instead, President Nguyen Van Thieu used the opportunity to undertake naked power grabs, compromising the constitutional basis on which his legitimacy was premised, and driving even the most dedicated anti-communists to despair. Post-Tet resolve succumbed to cynical resignation, while military confidence and commitment eroded.

As a result, a moment that could have been a turning point for the country became the beginning of the end. When the government finally surrendered to Communist tanks in April 1975, the South’s political fate had long since been sealed.

Lire la suite : New York Times (23/02/2018)

Illustration “à la une” :A family fleeting fighting in Saigon in 1968. ©Tim Page/Corbis, via Getty Images