Andrew Hardy was educated in England, France and Australia (PhD, Australian National University, 1999). He heads the Hanoi centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), where his research and teaching focuses on Vietnamese migration, ethnic relations in Southeast Asia and the history of Champa and Central Vietnam. His first book – Red Hills: Migrants and the State in the Highlands of Vietnam (NIAS Press, 2003) was awarded the Harry J. Benda Prize for Non-Fiction on Southeast Asia by the Asian Studies Association (2005). Since 2005, with Nguyen Tien Dong (Vietnam Institute of Archaeology), he has co-directed a multi-disciplinary project on the Long Wall of Quang Ngai, a 127 km frontier built in 1819, designated a national monument in 2011.

Project Summary

The Son Ha Incident in Central 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 historian Andrew Hardy and anthropologist Dao The Duc. 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 twenty-first-century ethnic relations and political culture. 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.