Consuming Urban Culture in Contemporary Vietnam by Lisa Drummond, Mandy Thomas

By Lisa Drummond, Mandy Thomas

Vietnam is at present present process a change from a comparatively closed society with a centrally deliberate economic system, to a quickly urbanising one with a world outlook. those alterations were the catalyst for an exhilarating ferment of task in pop culture. This quantity includes contributions from students engaged within the latest social learn in Vietnam, in addition to a few of Vietnam's hottest cultural manufacturers who're forging new methods of imagining the current when while attractive actively in reinterpreting the previous. the varied ways in which Vietnam is culturally and socially negotiating the longer term are tested because the e-book addresses problems with indigenisation of cultural affects, ambivalence surrounding switch, and the constant blurring of obstacles among casual, non-state cultural actions and formal institutional buildings within the evolution of a civil society in Vietnam.

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Southeast Asian Affairs 2000,Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 311–26. H. ), Vietnam, Regional Integration and the Asian Financial Crisis: Vietnamese and European Perspectives, Passau Contributions to Southeast Asian Studies 9, Passau: Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau, 17–53. —— (2001b) ‘Vietnam in 2000: Toward the Ninth Party Congress’, Asian Survey, January/February, 41(1): 181–8. —— (2002) ‘Vietnam in 2001: The Ninth Party Congress and After’, Asian Survey, January/February, 42(1): 81–9.

Nevertheless, corruption by local officials continued to provoke public demonstrations outside government offices or the homes of high-ranking officials. It was especially noticeable that rural farmers were prominent in these protests. In April 2000, for example, thirty farmers from Dong Thap province staged a two-day protest against corruption and abuse by local officials outside the VCP headquarters in Hanoi while the Central Committee was in session (Reuters, 18 April 2000). The rise and demise of Le Kha Phieu, 1997 – 2001 29 In May, ten demonstrators from Ho Chi Minh City, Thua Thien-Hue and Vinh Phuc provinces staged a protest outside the National Assembly.

Rural unrest was also reported in Tra Vinh and Hoa Binh provinces in 1998 but details are lacking. Economic crisis 4 In December 1997, at the same plenum at which Le Kha Phieu was elected party Secretary General, the Central Committee reviewed the Asian financial crisis and its likely impact on Vietnam. This meeting was symptomatic of Vietnam’s policy response over the next two and a half years. Party leaders asserted that Vietnam would determine the pace of its economic reforms in order to ensure that political stability and Vietnam’s unique national character were preserved.

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