The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam (Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes 3)

The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam (Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes 3)

By: Hue-Tam Ho Tai (editor), John Bodnar (foreword_author)Paperback

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The American experience in the Vietnam War has been the subject of a vast body of scholarly work, yet surprisingly little has been written about how the war is remembered by Vietnamese themselves. "The Country of Memory" fills this gap in the literature by addressing the subject of history, memory, and commemoration of the Vietnam War in modern day Vietnam. This pathbreaking volume details the nuances, sources, and contradictions in both official and private memory of the War, providing a provocative assessment of social and cultural change in Vietnam since the 1980s. Inspired by the experiences of Vietnamese veterans, artists, authorities, and ordinary peasants, these essays examine a society undergoing a rapid and traumatic shift in politics and economic structure. Each chapter considers specific aspects of Vietnamese culture and society, such as art history, commemorative rituals and literature, gender, and tourism. The contributors call attention to not only the social milieu in which the work of memory takes place, but also the historical context in which different representations of the past are constructed. Drawing from a variety of sources, such as prison memoirs, commemorative shrines, funerary rituals, tourist sites and brochures, advertisements, and films, the authors piece together the disparate representations of the past in Vietnam. With these rare perspectives, "The Country of Memory" makes an important contribution to debates within postcolonial studies, as well as to the literature on memory, Vietnam, and the Vietnam War.

About Author

Hue-Tam Ho Tai is the Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History at Harvard University. She is the author of Millenarianism and Peasant Politics in Vietnam (1983) and Radicalism and the Origins of the Vietnamese Revolution (1992). John Bodnar is Chancellors' Professor of History at Indiana University and author of Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century.


Acknowledgments Illustrations Foreword John Bodnar Introduction: Situating Memory Hue-Tam Ho Tai Part One: Constructing Memory 1. Reading Revolutionary Prison Memoirs Peter Zinoman 2. "The Motherland Remembers Your Sacrifice": Commemorating War Dead in Northern Vietnam Shaun Kingsley Malarney 3. Museum-Shrine: Revolution and Its Tutelary Spirit in the Village of My Hoa Hung Christoph Giebel Part Two: Repackaging the Past 4. Framing the National Spirit: Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution Nora A. Taylor 5. The Past Without the Pain: The Manufacture of Nostalgia in Vietnam's Tourism Industry Laurel B. Kennedy & Mary Rose Williams Part Three: Gendered Memory 6. Faces of Remembrance and Forgetting Hue-Tam Ho Tai 7. Contests of Memory: Remembering and Forgetting War in the Contemporary Vietnamese Cinema Mark Philip Bradley Afterword: Commemoration and Community Hue-Tam Ho Tai Glossary Bibliography List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780520222670
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780520222670
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0520222679

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