Between Sacrifice and Desire: National Identity and the by Ashley Pettus

By Ashley Pettus

This identify explores the function of ladies within the politics of nationwide identification in Vietnam. Drawing on broad and numerous fundamental assets - together with country information media, govt contests, tabloid journalism and large interviews - the writer examines the intimate connection among notions of Vietnamese femininity and the cultural quandaries of modernity in post-colonial Vietnam. The ebook covers the socialist and marketplace reform classes (from the Fifties via to the Nineties) and examines women's relevant position - as either symbols and disciplined matters - in Vietnam's socialist modernization and ongoing capitalist culture.

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While the party encouraged women to assume new responsibilities in agriculture and industry, it also expected them to fulfill their traditional household roles. The “new Vietnamese woman,” as a wife and a mother, had to perform her domestic obligations in the same spirit that she approached the rest of her societal work— that is, as an expression of her commitment to national and socialist goals. ”17 Reminiscent in prescriptive form of Confucianism’s “four virtues,” the Five Goods movement called on women to 1.

Rather than address the particulars of the woman’s dilemma, “Thanh-Tarn” responds to her predicament as an example of an incorrect conception of love. According to our new conception, we must reject the idea of love as a thing that can not submit to any law and requires only spontaneous feeling…. This concept of love is egoistic love and is opposed to our society today. Those who hold this view are still slaves to feudal capitalist feelings, and only think of themselves…. 15 In order to apply this advice, the young woman must make the necessary cognitive leap to see her personal actions and “uncontrollable feelings” as a problem of class-consciousness and abstract social laws.

In advising these women, the newspaper struck an awkward balance between the progressive language of women’s rights and the principles of feminine domestic duty. While informing women of the new marriage and family laws—which prescribed, among other points, the equality of husband and wife “in all aspects”22—Phu Nu Viet Nam simultaneously reminded women to perfect their motherly and wifely roles. ” The woman explains that she has five children and no money and is afraid for her future. “Thanh Tarn” advises her to appeal to the courts for protection.

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