The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism

The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism

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Philippe M. F. Peycam completes the first ever English-language study of Vietnama€™s emerging political press and its resistance to colonialism. Published in the decade that preceded the Communist Partya€™s founding, this journalistic phenomenon established a space for public, political contestation that fundamentally changed Vietnamese attitudes and the outlook of Southeast Asia. Peycam directly links Saigona€™s colonial urbanization to the creation of new modes of individual and collective political agency. To better justify their presence, French colonialists implemented a peculiar brand of republican imperialism to encourage the development of a highly controlled print capitalism. Yet the Vietnamese made clever use of this new form of political expression, subverting colonial discourse and putting French rulers on the defensive, while simultaneously stoking Vietnamese aspirations for autonomy. Peycam specifically considers the work of Western-educated Vietnamese journalists who, in their legal writings, called attention to the politics of French rule. Peycam rejects the notion that Communist and nationalist ideologies changed the minds of a€œalienateda€ Vietnamese during this period. Rather, he credits colonial urban modernity with shaping the Vietnamese activist-journalist and the role of the French, even at their most coercive, along with the modern public Vietnamese intellectual and his responsibility toward the group. Countering common research on anticolonial nationalism and its assumptions of ethno-cultural homogeneity, Peycam follows the merging of French republican and anarchist traditions with neo-Confucian Vietnamese behavior, giving rise to modern Vietnamese public activism, its autonomy, and its contradictory aspirations. Interweaving biography with archival newspaper and French police sources, he writes from within these journalistsa€™ changing political consciousness and their shifting perception of social roles.On Morocco and examples of the nouvelles mAcdinas, see the case of Casablanca analyzed by Cohen and Eleb in Casablanca, 201a€“13. 58. Mus, Sociologie da#39;une guerre, 124a€“28. Describing changes brought by colonial urbanism in Dutch Indonesia, Rudolf MrAizek highlights this feeling ... Baudrit, Guide historique des rues de Saigon. 60. In 1919 the Chinese community in Saigon effectively followed anti-Japanese actions in Mainland China by boycotting goods from the archipelagoanbsp;...

Title:The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism
Author: Philippe M. F. Peycam
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-05-15

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