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

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Interviewing historians: C. Michele Thompson on Vietnamese traditional medicine

With under four million people, Connecticut ranks in the lower half of the list of population by state (at 29th).  It is also the third smallest state in geography; only Delaware and Rhode Island are smaller.  If measured, however, by the proportion of academic historians of Vietnam to the population or geographical size, it’d probably rank first among fifty US states and ten Canadian provinces. Continue reading “Interviewing historians: C. Michele Thompson on Vietnamese traditional medicine”

Interviewing historians: Kurt Kinbacher on Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska

Geographically speaking, there are two ways of viewing Vietnamese Americans in Lincoln, Nebraska.  One is to group them among Vietnamese in the Midwest.  It is a vast region that includes large communities such as Chicago and the Twin Cities, and smaller ones such as Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids, MI.  Continue reading “Interviewing historians: Kurt Kinbacher on Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska”

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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Five recent articles on Vietnamese history

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.

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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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Research article on Catholic clergy sexual abuse

The article is accessible at this link, but you’ll need a subscription to Project Muse or institutional access to ACS.

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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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