Speaking Out: Public Political Criticism in Contemporary Vietnam

Event details

PSC Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 24 October 2017
12.30pm–2pm

Venue

PSC Reading Room 4.27, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Ben Kerkvliet

Contacts

Helen McMartin

In essays, books, blogs, magazines, petitions, and demonstrations, Vietnamese citizens in recent years have been publicly debating and criticizing government agencies, policies, and the ruling Communist Party. This seminar analyzes aspects of this political ferment and authorities’ reactions, which have been a mixture of responsiveness, toleration, and repression.

Ben Kerkvliet’s publications include 8The Power of Everyday Politics: How Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy* (Cornell University Press, 2005). He is an emeritus professor at the Australian National University and an affiliate graduate faculty member at the University of Hawai’i.

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