Memory, Violence and Ethnic Relations: Mid-Century Vietnam

The State
09 NOV 2018

Memory, Violence and Ethnic Relations: Mid-Century Vietnam

An event of mass violence that took place in 1950 on the banks of the Hrê River (Quang Ngai province, central Vietnam) is the subject of research conducted for CRISEA by Andrew Hardy and his colleague Dao The Duc, anthropologist. Known variously as the Son Ha Incident and the Hrê Revolt, approximately 2000 ethnic Viet inhabitants of the district of Son Ha were killed by their ethnic Hrê neighbours in the space of a few days. The research has three aims. First, to establish the facts of the event. Second, to shed light on the local historical context that led to the violence. Third, to explore the impact of memory of the event on 21stcentury ethnic relations and political culture in the province. The data sources include interviews (in Quang Ngai) and archives (in Vietnam and France). The results of the research will provide a case study for use in comparative analysis of violence, trauma and identity in Southeast Asia.

Speaker(s)
Hardy, Andrew

Andrew Hardy was educated in England, France and Australia (PhD, Australian National University, 1999). He heads the Hanoi centre of ... [read more]