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

Parution d’un nouvel ouvrage sur la guerre du Viêt-Nam et ses conséquences. La partie III est consacrée à l’engagement des femmes et à l’écriture de la guerre. Présentation de l’éditeur ci-après.

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

Bangladesh’s Birangona women: ‘Tell the world our story’

(article by Tahmima Anam) Hundreds of thousands of women were raped during Bangladesh’s war of independence. Now they are speaking out in a powerful new play.

A scene from Birangona: Women of War
Defining moment of violence … a scene from Birangona: Women of War © The Guardian

When writer and actor Leesa Gazi was 17, her father told her a story that would leave an indelible mark. He said that after the end of the 1971 war – the war that gave Bangladesh its independence from Pakistan – he crossed paths with a convoy of trucks full of women. These were the women people had been whispering about, the ones captured from their village homes and interred in rape camps, most having witnessed the death of their family members. He saw hundreds and hundreds of them, standing up in those trucks as they were finally freed, and this was one of the abiding images he carried with him as his country took its first steps into nationhood.

Read more : The Guardian, 15/04/2014.

  • Birangona: Women of War is at the Lost theatre, London SW8 until 20 April.

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