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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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Bài ca dành cho những xác người: Song for the human corpses

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Tet Offensive. The event has generated perhaps more publications in the English language – government reports, media accounts, academic studies, amateur histories, memoirs, etc. – than any other from the Vietnam War. A sucker for anniversaries of publications and releases of films and music, I wish to commemorate it by inviting non-Vietnamese to listen to a very well-known song among Vietnamese.

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Buổi nói chuyện về người Việt tị nạn với dân biểu Stephanie Murphy

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Tác giả cùng dân biểu Murphy sau buổi nói chuyện, mặc áo có chữ R của Rollins College. Bên trái là cô Quỳnh Như của báo Trẻ Florida, bên phải là cô Vi Ma từ văn phòng thương mại người Mỹ gốc Á Châu tại miền trung Florida. ~ pc Nhu Nguyen

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Interviewing historians: George Veith on his book Black April

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The South Vietnamese military – the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF) – has always figured in the voluminous historical scholarship about the Vietnam War.  For a long time and for a host of reasons, however, there was little depth on the topic. 

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My article on reeducation camps and anticommunism

Click here for the introduction by Lan Chu; here for Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar’s article; and here for mine.

My last post is about a long history article on American Catholicism.  This post is about another long one: my own.  It is published in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and the entire issue should come out by the end of the month.

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Was Ho Chi Minh Machiavellian?

By a coincidence, I read Alex-Thai Vo‘s article in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies a couple of days before my Great Books classes met to discuss the first half of The Prince. The article is titled Nguyễn Thị Năm and the Land Reform in North Vietnam, 1953, and I browsed over it when it came out last spring, only to “save” it for later because it is quite long. Funny, but last week I was merely looking at several JVS articles for examples of formatting and mechanics, not anything specifically in the content.  But I got hooked quickly and read the article in entirety.  It was one of those happy distractions and, possibly, fruitful later too.

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Song of refugees #6: Bài Hát Học Trò (A Student Song)

My last post notes a fire that I experienced in Minnesota back in the 1980s. After I posted the link on Facebook, a fellow former refugee responded that he remembers people ran out of the building that night and carrying “nothing but boomboxes.”

Funny, you say, but it is illustrative of two things.  First, Vietnamese music was very, very important to the refugees. Second, after automobiles boomboxes were the most valuable possessions for many refugees back then, especially men in the twenties and thirties, some of whom populated the apartment building that was burned down.

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A boombox from JVC manufactured in 1982… JVC and Sony were the hottest brand names for Vietnamese refugees at the time. ~ pc eBay

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Song of war #1 – Một Mai Giã Từ Vũ Khí (Farewell to Arms)

There are different ways to build a top-ten list.  The way I employed for this list is twofold: pick the top song, then poke around to see if I could build a sensible list leading to this song.  When I first thought of this list, I knew right away which song I’ll put at the top.  My decision was pretty firm. It grew firmer when I made an important discovery that, as far as I know, has never been made by anyone before.

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