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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!

VA064225 Prewitt Collection
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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Panel on Wilson Miscamble’s biography of Fr. Ted Hesburgh

This is a follow-up to my post on my dissertation advisor’s new book. Fr. Bill Miscamble told me that he expected his biography of Fr. Hesburgh won’t please many people, and now we have a good example in Kenneth Woodward’s review in Commonweal

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The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima in South Vietnam

I wrote the last post about the beginning of Cursillo to South Vietnam, and this one is about the beginning of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima. Both occurred during the 1960s around the Americanization of the Vietnam War. Catholics in the Philippines were instrumental to the establishment of Cursillo in South Vietnam. When it comes to the Blue Army, however, it was the initiative of a Vietnamese then studying in the U.S., followed by eager assistance from the Americans, Australians, etc. and eager participation among Vietnamese Catholics. 

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Cursillo in South Vietnam: the Filipino connection

Members of the Philippine Civic Action Group-Vietnam entertaining Vietnamese children. ~ pc webdoc.sub.gwdg.de

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Abstracts of panel on Vietnamese Catholicism at AAS 2019

Vietnamese Engagement with Global and Transnational Catholicism: New Directions in Scholarship

Association of Asian Studies, Annual Conference, Denver
March 22, 2019 @ 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Silver, Tower Bldg.; Mezzanine Level

  • Organizer & chair: Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University
  • Presenter 1: Anh Tran, SJ, Santa Clara University
  • Presenter 2: Lan Ngo, SJ, Loyola Marymount University
  • Presenter 3: Claire Lien Tran, Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine  (Thailand)
  • Presenter 4: Ngoc-Mai Phan, University of California, Berkeley
  • Discussant: Charles Keith, Michigan State University

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Reading John O’Malley’s new book during the Woolsey Fire

Because of the wildfires, the Pepperdine campus in Malibu was closed for over two weeks while classes were being delivered online. Yesterday, students began to return to their dormitories and classes return to “normal” today.  (After the Borderline shooting and the destructive wildfires, there will be quotation marks around the word “normal” for at least the rest of the year, and possibly longer.)

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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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