This summer has been one on Vietnamese history: some for research and some for the sheer pleasure of knowledge. Before turning to prepping for fall classes, I wish to have one more write-up about several articles read in the last two months. The focus is Vietnamese history but away from the Vietnam War. Below, I go over each article in chronological order of their topics.
I again browsed the website of the National Library of Vietnam, and here’s one more post on humor under colonialism.
The following comic strip is from another Hanoi weekly in the 1930s. It isn’t satirical in the manner of the piece from Vịt Đực [Male Duck] described in my last post. Nor is it political. But it pokes fun at the colonial tax system while drawing (literally) the growing petit bourgeois mindset among Vietnamese during the late colonial period.
Browsing a Vietnamese periodical published during late colonialism, I came upon an amusing article about the Paracel Islands. “After France, Japan, and China,” states the headline, “It is our turn to demand the Paracels.”