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The 2019 biennial congress of Vietnamese priests in the U.S.

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The Vietnamese Catholic ethnic press reported widely on this congress but there is hardly anything in English. I am appreciative of Fr. Linh Hoang, OFM (Siena College), who attended the event and filed the write-up below along with the photos.

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Vietnamese Marianism in 1962

Last year I submitted an article on Vietnamese Marianism to a journal based in Asia, and the submission received split decisions from the anonymous reviewers. The comments, especially from the reviewer who found it problematic, were quite good. I am not an intellectual sadist or a glutton for punishment. But I’ll admit to feeling certain gladness when receiving a more critical or negative feedback from anonymous reviewers, including this one.

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Marianism under fire: the Trà Kiệu festival in May 1971

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My two articles on Vietnamese Catholic refugees

Click here to read or download the first article–and here for the second article.

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Marianism during decolonization in Indochina

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Letter of Bishop Trịnh Như Khuê, dated June 19, 1951, inviting the clergy, religious, and laity to participate in the Legion of Mary. The full letter could be read at https://www.legiomariaevn.com/chi-tiet-tin-tuc/21/duc-phanxico-nghi-gi-ve-quy.html

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Five recent articles on the Vietnam Conflict

In order of discussion:

  • Balázs Szalontai, “The ‘Sole Legal Government of Vietnam’: The Bao Dai Factor and Soviet Attitudes toward Vietnam, 1947–1950,” Journal of Cold War Studies 20:3 (2018): 3–56.
  • Phi-Vân Nguyen, “A Secular State for a Religious Nation: The Republic of Vietnam and Religious Nationalism, 1946–1963,” Journal of Asian Studies 77:3 (2018): 741–771.
  • Olga Dror, “Education and Politics in Wartime: School Systems in North and South Vietnam, 1965–1975,” Journal of Cold War Studies 20: 3 (2018): 57–113.
  • John C. Schafer, “Ngô Kha, Vietnam’s Civil Wars, and the Need for Forgiveness.” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 13:1 (2018): 1–41.
  • Duy Lap Nguyen, “Sovereignty, Surveillance, and Spectacle in South Vietnamese Spy Fiction,” positions: east asia cultures critique 26:1 (2018): 111–150.

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Catholic-Protestant relations in South Vietnam: competition to collaboration?

I am getting to the last volume of a Catholic periodical from South Vietnam, and it includes news items about a three-and-a-half-week training on translating the Bible. It was held during Mach 1974 in Dalat and at the Alliance Evangelical Center (Trung Tâm Tin Lành Alliance), commonly known as the Villa Alliance at the time. 

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Lê Hoàng Phu’s 1972 dissertation on the Evangelical Church of Vietnam

After my last post, I went back to the dissertation by the Protestant minister Lê Hoàng Phu (1926-2003) on the history of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (ECVN) up to 1965. Completed over four and a half decades ago, it is, at 560 pages, on the longer end of dissertations then and even now. Having browsed it before, I read it more slowly this time and found it an important work in several respects.

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There’s too little scholarship about Protestantism in South Vietnam!

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This chapel in Nha Trang was probably designed for American Baptists at first, but it also drew Vietnamese through activities such as picnics and English classes. ~ pc Charles Prewitt Collection, Vietnam Archives, TTU

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