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Interviewing historians: Tuong Vu on the ideology of the Vietnamese Communist Party

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The Catholic associational culture in North Vietnam

Among my recent interlibrary loan items is a hefty volume about the Diocese of Thái Bình in northern Vietnam.  There isn’t a scale in my house, but I’d guess that it is four or five pounds like a college chemistry or ecology textbook. Published in conjunction with the eightieth anniversary of the creation of this diocese, this “yearbook” or “commemorative publication” (kỷ yếu) includes over 700 pages of glossy and thick papers and many photos of people and churches. It offers basic information on both past and present of the dioceses as well as individual parishes and missions. The information may be brief, but they add up to some fascinating insights. 

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Ngô Đình Thục: anticommunist and ambitious builder

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Paris, April 1967: Archbishop Thục officiating the funeral of his niece Ngô Đình Lệ Thủy, who was killed during an auto accident. On the right are Madame Nhu and her son. ~ pc manhhai on flick

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Why aren’t there many Korean American Catholic priests?

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May 2018: Members of the St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church in the Twin Cities at their last mass in this building before moving to another location, where they share the campus with another parish. ~ pc The Catholic Spirit

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Sister Lê Thị Lý, Catholic refugees in Seattle, and refugee ads

A few days ago, I saw two or three friends from Seattle years posted on Facebook a tribute on Raymond Hunthausen, former archbishop of Seattle, on his death at 96 years old. (The writer is Fr. Michael Ryan, rector of the Cathedral parish and one of the spiritual chaplains of the L’Arche community that I belonged.) By a coincidence, the next morning  I came across two items while looking at some old issues of a magazine by Vietnamese Catholic refugees, and one of them shows a photo of the late archbishop presiding over a mass among Vietnamese refugees in 1978.

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Food, cooking, and gardening among Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s

Refugee kitchen worker at Fort Chaffee in 1975 ~ pc Southeast Asia Archive, UC Irvine

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Berkeley liberal in conservative Louisiana: Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land

It’s been a rough week in the news, headlined by the ongoing Gaza Strip protests and the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Yesterday saw the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area.  Then last night I read about the closure of another small liberal arts college, this one in Oregon.  It was therefore a relief, even a kind of solace, to have finished reading the very beautiful study about conservatives in Louisiana by the sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild.

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Our Lady of Lavang chapel at the BNSIC

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My students on Langdon Gilkey’s Shantung Compound

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This student counts Gilkey’s book among her handful of favorites in the Great Books sequence. ~ pc Cate Chapman

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