18 April: Urban Metissage in 1920s Saigon, or the Origins of Vietnam's Public Culture of Contestation
2311 BE Leiden
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Based on his new book The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism: Saigon 1916-30, Columbia University Press, Philippe Peycam considers the complex historical environment of the 1920s port city, colonial Saigon, as a space for new forms of interaction and political consciousness, enabling the emergence of an original public political culture: a small albeit vibrant sphere of political sociability represented by newspapers, public readings, learned societies, private schools as well as authorized and non-authorized public groupings in the city-scape. Such emerging political space was centered around the phenomenon of làng báo chí or "newspaper village" and the emblematic figure of the "journalist-intellectual". If by the second half of the decade, Saigon’s newspaper village succeeded in demystifying the colonial self-legitimizing rhetoric, it found itself challenged by another, rural-focused, counter political culture of mass mobilization.
The Leiden Southeast Asia Seminar is a cooperation of the KITLV, IIAS, VVI, the Programme in South and Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, Leiden University.