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By Ashley Pettus

This name explores the function of girls within the politics of nationwide id in Vietnam. Drawing on large and numerous fundamental assets - together with nation information media, govt contests, tabloid journalism and huge interviews - the writer examines the intimate connection among notions of Vietnamese femininity and the cultural quandaries of modernity in post-colonial Vietnam. The ebook covers the socialist and marketplace reform classes (from the Fifties via to the Nineteen Nineties) and examines women's important position - as either symbols and disciplined matters - in Vietnam's socialist modernization and ongoing capitalist culture.

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Evacuating Hanoi during the American bombing, December, 1972 (photo courtesy of the author). 27 In factories, on construction sites, and in coal mines, campaign propaganda pressed women workers to increase their productivity despite the disruptions caused by the bombings. ” Yet, while the ba dam dang woman increased her social and economic role in society and defied the dangers of military attack, she continued to fulfill her family obligations. 28 The ba dam dang woman’s specific virtue lay precisely in her ability to combine harmoniously these multiple kinds of service.

She leads a village youth campaign to convince all members of the community to use the new technology. ” Girls without special skills could express their selfless patriotism through displays of great physical courage. 31 She offers to sit beside a slow-detonating bomb that was discovered next to the tracks in order to indicate to the conductor when it is about to explode. After the train has passed safely, she confesses that she has no experience working with bombs but only wanted to fulfill her duty to the front.

Each individual scenario and call for help presented the party— through the voice of “Thanh Tarn” or “Pure Mind”—with an opportunity to define the correct relationship between the individual, the family and society and to assert itself as the highest arbiter of women’s sexual and filial relations. 38 BETWEEN SACRIFICE AND DESIRE In a 1961 letter submitted to Phu Nu Viet Nam, for example, a young woman writes of her anguish, waiting for her lover to divorce his wife, whom he claims he no longer loves.

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