This article considers state-funded films in contemporary Vietnam and the legacy of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), which fell to communist forces in 1975. From a close reading of films produced on the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the war, the article deciphers complicated meanings about national identity, history, and gender. In this new political economic context, the possibilities for remembering the southern regime—including its people and veterans—remains open and closed. Through the framework of heteroglossia of history, the co-presence of competing viewpoints within cinematic texts points to the complexity of an ever-changing Vietnam.
Heteroglossia of History: Remembering the Republic of Vietnam in Contemporary Vietnamese Film
Long Bui is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Returns of War: South Vietnam and the Price of Refugee Memory (NYU Press 2018).
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Long Bui; Heteroglossia of History: Remembering the Republic of Vietnam in Contemporary Vietnamese Film. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 November 2019; 14 (4): 1–39. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2019.14.4.1
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