Monday, October 15, 2012

UC Davis Transnationalizing Viet Nam Book Talk

Event Information
Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde's Book talk and signing of Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture and Politics of the DIaspora
Date: October 17th
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Student Community Center, Meeting Room D

3 copies of Professor Valverde's book will be raffled at the event and food/refreshments are provided! 


Anonymous said...

- neaato

Fanny Wong said...

Hi Professor Valverde! Good job on your book talk today! It was very fortunate for me to be able to attend your book talk because it was not only informational, but also very educational. Through your book talk, I can see the passion you have for your research. I am thankful that you took the risk and researched a topic that most scholars would not dare to touch upon. Before going to your book talk, I did not have much knowledge about Vietnam and its censorship to politics and many interrelated things. However, after the book talk I realized that there were many things going on in Vietnam, but that most people do not know about it because of the censorship of the government. Especially when it comes to the sensitive topic of communism, things get very complicated. Although Vietnam is no longer a communist country, but the government have exuberance power in what should be presented and what should be censored. To some Vietnamese immigrants, your book may bring negative feelings, but I think it is important that someone like you is willing to take the risk and lay out the history that are censored. Due to the trauma of the war and politics, many Vietnamese immigrants are afraid to speak about their experience or even to reflect upon it; therefore, many younger generations do not know the history of Vietnam. I am thankful that your research not only uncovers the hidden history, but also educating the public and the future generations.

sam chau said...

Asian American studies have expanded greatly since it's genesis in the late '60's and yet the immigrant Vietnamese experience has never been studied extensively. Dr. Valverde has risked her life by exploring this hush-hush connection between the home and host country within Vietnamese diasporas. Her valuable insights add to the growing literature concerning global Asian American communities.

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Unknown said...

Hello Professor!

Thank you for having this book talk! It was very interesting listening about your journey in writing this book. I can't believe all of the crazy things that you have seen during your stay in Vietnam, I was just blown away. It sort of made me wonder how you made it out alive?! haha. I really appreciate the dedication you have put in to your book and your students. I can't wait to start reading it! :)

- Krizia

Nam Phuong Pham said...

Thank you so much for writing this book and for speaking about your book and the background. You were amazing up there! I am Vietnamese and I've always felt a longing to know my parents' history and their past and even current struggles with communist Viet Nam but like you said, it was very very hard to bring up and even harder to keep the conversation alive about it. Your book is a first of its kind, unconvering the complicated conflict that Viet Nam has been struggling with and the silence that burdens many. Thank you so much again, for writing this book.

-Nam Phuong Pham-

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Edwin L said...

Hi Profesoor V!

First of all, I would like to thank you for holding this book talk (and the extra credit of course, keepin it real!) I'm surprised and shocked at the same time that you actually went through the all the trouble to write this book despite the amount of dangers involved. Personally I would never have the courage and bravery to do it (coming from the engineering background, I would not expect to have to do the same thing myself)

As a person that spent a majority of his childhood life in Hong Kong, I never really realize how serious the situation in Vietnam is (or even mainland China for that matter) I haven't read your book yet but I expect to discover the truth of what's actually happening in Vietnam (or even the world for that matter)

Thank you for teaching ASA 114 and see you next week in class!

- Edwin

Dondadayoh said...

Kenny Saechao: Review: Hi Professor Valverde, I tried my hardest to fully understand everything you said. I think my lack of knowledge on transnational customs hindered my full understanding. I have never flown, i've never been through customs, I wouldn't know the first thing about going to a different country with completely different laws/cultures/social norms. I commend you on your extensive research, such dedication is impressive (am I just brown nosing at this point?).
This has made me more critical when thinking about transnational issues and it has me questioning the role of government and who exactly serves whom.

Mai Moua said...

After reading some of the chapters in "Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora", I began thinking about the Hmong community in the transnational and diaspora framework and they really opened my eyes! Your research inspires me to take risks--even if it means my life--and to think critically of my surrounding and everything else beyond. Thank you!

Desun O. said...

Hi Professor Valverde. Thanks for introducing your book at this event. I noticed *many* parallels to the Korean diasporic experiences in the US and Japan. For instance, the complex relationships that Korean Americans and Zainichi Koreans have towards the US and Japan, respectively, their "homeland" (Korea, DPRK, ROK)and to each other in the diaspora is so paralleling to the things you talked about.
Also, I really appreciate the connections among economics, globalization, communism, and nationalism that you made. Diasporic communities have problematic relationships with such players, whether they are communist, nationalist, the host country or whatever. Consider money and economics into the situation and the complexity reveals itself even more. Furthermore, the diaspora is problematic with being complicit as well..
Thank you again Professor Valverde for the introduction!
Desun O.

Eddie Truong said...

Professor Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde has delivered an incredible talk about how her book relates to the transnational experiences of Vietnamese-Americans. Professor Valverde reveals the inherent dangers involved in performing her work, especially in the context of anticommunist red-baiting. Her book, Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture and Politics in the Diaspora, is a significant contribution to the field of Vietnamese-American studies! I believe that her book is a bold approach towards discussing the complexities of the community through multiple frameworks and dimensions.