The famous writer and revolutionary Nhất Linh (Nguyễn Tường Tam) committed suicide on July 7, 1963, in protest against Ngô Đình Diệm, the first president of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, or South Vietnam). Although largely ignored by Western scholars, the suicide was a major catalyst for the growing resistance to Ngô Đình Diệm and contributed to a deeper transformation of Vietnamese political culture. Even decades after the collapse of the RVN, the event remains central to the historical memory of the Vietnamese diaspora.
“Let History Render Judgment on My Life”: The Suicide of Nhất Linh (Nguyễn Tường Tam) and the Making of a Martyr in the Republic of Vietnam
Nu-Anh Tran is assistant professor in history, University of Connecticut, with a joint appointment in the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. An early version of this article was presented at the conference entitled, “Vietnam 1963,” held in Washington, DC, in September 2013 and hosted by the Vietnam Center and Archives.
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Nu-Anh Tran; “Let History Render Judgment on My Life”: The Suicide of Nhất Linh (Nguyễn Tường Tam) and the Making of a Martyr in the Republic of Vietnam. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 25 August 2020; 15 (3): 79–118. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2020.15.3.79
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