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« Mémoires d’Indochine » 2018 : séance 6

Année universitaire 2018-2019 / Master Asie Orientale Contemporaine (ASIOC) / Semestre 1

ENS de Lyon / Sciences Po Lyon

Mémoires, récits de vie en situations

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“Carrying Buddy”. Près de Ben The, province de Binh Duong, au nord de Saigon, un soldat sud-vietnamien porte un frère d’arme blessé et inconscient sur ses épaules vers l’arrière du front pour le faire soigner © Associated Press, 1972.

Mémoires combattantes

Séance 6 : mercredi 7 novembre 2018 – salle de réunion R20

Les mémoires combattantes forment un corpus très important de la production livresque en péninsule indochinoise, en particulier au Viêt-Nam. Dès les années soixante, la République démocratique du Viêt-Nam (1945-1976) a édité des “mémoires de la révolution” (hồi ký cách mạng) pour inscrire le processus révolutionnaire comme fondateur de l’État et pour honorer ses acteurs. Après la guerre, des ambitions mémorielles antagonistes se sont de plus en plus affirmées. Sur le plan des mémoires combattantes, rédigées par des militaires, des révolutionnaires professionnels ou des hommes politiques, les récits apparaissent largement clivés. D’un côté, les vainqueurs élaborent une nouvelle historiographie nationale et organisent le récit mémoriel pour valider la guerre de réunification (1945-1975) et la légitimité de la direction du parti communiste. De l’autre côté, les vaincus de la guerre et les exclus du processus politique témoignent de l’existence d’une contre-histoire qui percute le récit national-communiste. Cette séance donnera un aperçu des engagements des uns et des autres.

Dans un second temps, nous écouterons trois exposés oraux avant de débattre. Chaque ouvrage présenté reprendra une thématique abordée lors des séances précédentes : la question des frontières et du banditisme au moment de la colonisation du Tonkin, la formation des révolutionnaires à Paris et l’espionnage sous la République du Viêt-Nam au Sud (1955-1975).

Textes discutés

Nguyen Cong Luan, Nationalist in the Viet Nam Wars. Memoirs of e victim turned soldier, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2012, p. 545-574 (Ch. 29 : “On the Viet Nam War” ; Ch. 30 : “Ever in my memory”).

Vo Nguyen Giap (général), Le haut commandement et le printemps de la victoire, Hanoi, Editions The Gioi, coll. Mémoires de guerre, 2008, p. 301-317 (Ch. X : “Quelques réflexions”).

Exposés oraux

Exposé de Thibaut Bara

  • Davis, Bradley Camp, Imperial Bandits. Outlaws and rebels in the China-Vietnam borderlands, Seattle, University of Washington Press, 
    Critical dialogues in Southeast Asian studies, 2017. 

Présentation de l’éditeur : Washington University Press

Exposé de Clémence de Gail

  • Goebel, Mickael, Paris, capitale du tiers monde. Comment est née la révolution anticoloniale (1919-1939), Paris, La Découverte, 2017. Traduit de l’anglais par Pauline Stockman.

Présentation de l’éditeur : La Découverte

Exposé de Valentin Martin

  • Bass, Thomas A., Agent Z. 21, le meilleur ennemi des Américains. Saïgon 1946-1975, Paris, Tallandier, 2010. Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Béatrice Vierne.

Présentation sur Galaxidion

Image “à la une” : Groupe de la guérilla Viêt Công traversant une rivière en 1966 (Wikipedia)

Carie Uyen Nguyen : Whose War Was It? [Aug. 18, 2017]

[ndlr] Poursuite des publications du New York Times sur la guerre du Viêt-Nam dans la série Vietnam ’67 (Historians, veterans and journalists recall 1967 in Vietnam, a year that changed the war and changed America).

Perhaps no one came out of the Vietnam War with a reputation as tarnished as the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Since well before the war ended, ARVN soldiers were made an easy and ready scapegoat for America’s losses, a stereotype that found its way into academia and popular culture. We’re told they were incompetent cowards who often shirked their duties, leaving the hard work to the Americans.

As a Vietnamese student at an American university with an extensive archive of Vietnam-era oral histories, both written and tape-recorded, I’ve had a unique opportunity to dig deeper, to find all the ways that this story is flimsy and unfair. Unique because it’s not about showing that American soldiers were wrong — rather, I’ve come across account after account from American veterans talking about the courage and effectiveness of their allied brothers, the South Vietnamese soldiers.

Of course, I’ve come across many Americans with negative attitudes about ARVN. But a lot of them were rear-area personnel, people who never fought alongside ARVN and, I imagine, drew inaccurate conclusions from secondhand accounts they’d hear on base. Other negative accounts focused more on cultural differences than anything else. More than one talked about ARVN soldiers’ penchant for walking hand in hand as they headed out to battle. An American radio specialist who served in Binh Duong in 1967 could not understand it, even many years later: “That was kind of strange to us. I don’t think it was any more than they were just good friends, and that’s what they did over there, but it just seemed kind of strange.”

Other American veterans found it strange that the families of ARVN soldiers would often follow them to camp. As one G.I. contemplated: “So these troops were largely draftees. They went into the field with their wives and kids along with them in trail. When they set up the night defensive position, it was like the extended family was there. They did not want to go out and fight in many cases. They just wanted to survive and take care of their families.”

But in my research, the Americans’ critical assessments are easily matched, and then some, by sympathetic, positive accounts of ARVN. For example, many veterans actually liked having ARVN families nearby and praised the willingness of some wives to risk their lives to get fresh produce from nearby villages to cook hearty meals for their husbands and American soldiers. Others recognized that having family members nearby could be a solid source of moral support for ARVN soldiers, a reminder of what they were fighting for.

Lire la suite : New York Times

Carie Uyen Nguyen is a doctoral student in military history at Texas Tech University.

Image “à la une” : Marines of E Company, Second Battalion, with soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) during a break from patrolling near Da Nang in 1965. © U.S. Marine Corps, via Getty Images

‘Hồn Tử Sĩ, Nghĩa Trang Quân Đội Biên Hòa’ [DVD]

[ndlr] Annonce de la sortie du DVD consacré à la mémoire des soldats de la République du Viêt-Nam et du cimetière de l’armée à Bien Hoa dans lequel ils reposent.

dvd_hontusiWESTMINSTER, California (NV) – Vào trưa Chủ Nhật, 13 Tháng Mười Một, các nhà văn Trần Phong Vũ, Huy Phương, cựu quân nhân QLVNCH Ngô Chí Thiềng cùng ca sĩ Ngọc Đan Thanh sẽ tổ chức một buổi giới thiệu DVD “Hồn Tử Sĩ, Nghĩa Trang Quân Đội Biên Hòa” tại Westminster Civic Center.

Lire la suite : Người Việt, 09/11/2016.

Vietnam Afrique Antilles – Histoires oubliées, mémoire vive [5 octobre 2016]

[ndlr] Annonce d’une soirée cinéma et débat au Musée d’histoire de l’immigration dans le cadre des “Mercredis du film ethnographique”. Projection d’extraits suivie d’une discussion.

documentaire_afriquevietnamAprès la guerre d’Indochine, des soldats africains et antillais engagés au service de la France regagnent leur contrée d’origine avec femmes vietnamiennes et enfants. De leurs unions nouées en temps de conflit sont issues des familles mixtes marquées par la déchirure, partagées entre Hanoi et d’autres lieux de résidence géographiques. De Dakar à Cotonou via Le Robert et Morne-Rouge en Martinique, acteurs et descendants de ces rencontres interculturelles s’interrogent aujourd’hui.

Trois documentaires racontent cette histoire silencieuse dont la mémoires reste vive : “Si loin du Vietnam” de Laurence Gavron, “Héritiers du Vietnam” d’Arlette Pacquit, “Indochine, sur les traces d’une mère” de d’Idrissou Mora Kpaï…

Avec la participation de Wasis Diop (musique), Laurence Gavron (cinéaste), Jean-Charles Germany (cinéaste), Mai Lan Ndoye-Olive (anthropologie intercultrurelle), Pap Mbodj (producteur), Céline Roisier.

Séance animée par Brice Ahounou (Mercredis du Film ethnographique)

Entrée libre

Mercredi 5 octobre 2016 à 19h

Auditorium Philippe Dewitte, Palais de la Porte Dorée

Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, 293 avenue Daumesnil 75012 Paris – Métro : Porte Dorée.

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Voir également : Projection du film : SI LOIN DU VIETNAM mercredi 5 octobre à 19 h au Musée de l’immigration

Image “à la une” extraite de “Si loin du Vietnam” de Laurence Gavron.

Brenda M. Boyle and Jeehyun Lim, eds.: Looking Back on the Vietnam War – Twenty-First Century Perspectives

[ndlr] Parution d’un ouvrage collectif dans lequel les perspectives vietnamiennes sont prépondérantes. Présentation de l’éditeur.

LookingBackOnTheVietnamWarMore than forty years have passed since the official end of the Vietnam War, yet the war’s legacies endure. Its history and iconography still provide fodder for film and fiction, communities of war refugees have spawned a wide Vietnamese diaspora, and the United States military remains embroiled in unwinnable wars with eerie echoes of Vietnam.

Looking Back on the Vietnam War brings together scholars from a broad variety of disciplines, who offer fresh insights on the war’s psychological, economic, artistic, political, and environmental impacts. Each essay examines a different facet of the war, from its representation in Marvel comic books to the experiences of Vietnamese soldiers exposed to Agent Orange. By putting these pieces together, the contributors assemble an expansive yet nuanced composite portrait of the war and its global legacies.

Though they come from diverse scholarly backgrounds, ranging from anthropology to film studies, the contributors are united in their commitment to original research. Whether exploring rare archives or engaging in extensive interviews, they voice perspectives that have been excluded from standard historical accounts. Looking Back on the Vietnam War thus embarks on an interdisciplinary and international investigation to discover what we remember about the war, how we remember it, and why.

Contributors

Brenda Boyle, Jeehyun Lim, Yen Le Espiritu, Quan Tue Tran, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Lan Duong, Vinh Nguyen, Robert Mason, Leonie Jones, Heonik Kwon, Diane Niblack Fox, Cathy Schlund-Vials

Table Of Contents

Chronology

Note on the Text

Introduction: Looking Back at the Vietnam War / Brenda M. Boyle and Jeehyun Lim

  • Chapter 1: Vietnamese Refugees and Internet Memorials: When Does War End and Who Gets to Decide? / Yên Lê Espiritu
  • Chapter 2: Broken, but Not Forsaken: Disabled South Vietnamese Veterans in Vietnam and the Vietnamese Diaspora / Quan Tue Tran
  • Chapter 3: What Is Vietnamese American Literature? / Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Chapter 4: Viet Nam and the Diaspora: Absence, Presence, and the Archive / Lan Duong
  • Chapter 5: Liberal Humanitarianism and Post–Cold War Cultural Politics: The Case of Le Ly Hayslip / Jeehyun Lim
  • Chapter 6: Ann Hui’s Boat People: Documenting Vietnamese Refugees in Hong Kong / Vinh Nguyen
  • Chapter 7: “The Deep Black Hole”: Vietnam in the Memories of Australian Veterans and Refugees / Robert Mason and Leonie Jones
  • Chapter 8: Missing Bodies and Homecoming Spirits / Heonik Kwon
  • Chapter 9: Agent Orange: Toxic Chemical, Narrative of Suffering, Metaphor for War / Diane Niblack Fox
  • Chapter 10: Re-Seeing Cambodia and Recollecting The ’Nam: A Vertiginous Critique of the Military Sublime / Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
  • Chapter 11: Naturalizing War: The Stories We Tell about the Vietnam War / Brenda M. Boyle

Appendix A: Archives

Appendix B: Publications since 2000

Notes on Contributors

Index

Source : Rutgers University Press

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