Tours of Vietnam War, Travel Guides, and Memory

ISBN-10: 0822344149

ISBN-13: 9780822344148

Edition: 2009

Authors: Scott Laderman

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InTours of Vietnam, Scott Laderman demonstrates how tourist literature has shaped Americans' understanding of Vietnam and projections of United States power since the mid-twentieth century. Laderman analyzes portrayals of Vietnam's land, history, culture, economy, and people in travel narratives, U.S. military guides, and tourist guidebooks, pamphlets, and brochures. Whether implying that Vietnamese women were in need of saving by "manly" American military power or celebrating the neo-liberal reforms Vietnam implemented in the 1980s, ostensibly neutral guides have repeatedly represented events, particularly those related to the Vietnam War, in ways that favour the global ambitions of the United States. Tracing a history of ideological assertions embedded in travel discourse, Laderman analyzes the use of tourism in the Republic of Vietnam as a form of Cold War cultural diplomacy by a fledgling state that, according to one pamphlet published by the Vietnamese tourism authorities, was joining the "family of free nations." He chronicles the evolution of the Defense Department pocket guides to Vietnam, the first of which, published in 1963, promoted military service in Southeast Asia by touting the exciting opportunities that Vietnam offered Americans to sightsee, swim, hunt, and water-ski. Laderman points out that, despite historians' ongoing and well-documented uncertainty about the facts of the 1968 "Hue Massacre" during the National Liberation Front's occupation of the former imperial capital, the incident often appears in English-language guidebooks as a settled narrative of revolutionary Vietnamese atrocity. And turning to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, he notes that while most contemporary accounts concede that the United States perpetrated gruesome acts of violence in Vietnam, many tourists and travel writers still dismiss the museum's display of that record as little more than "propaganda."
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Prefatory Note The Nomenclature of the Vietnam War
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction History, Tourism, and the Question of Empire
Tourism and State Legitimacy in the Republic of Vietnam
Educating Private Ryan: Tourism and the United States Military in Postcolonial Vietnam
"The Set About Revenging Themselves on the Population": The "Hue Massacre" and the Shaping of Historical Consciousness
The New Modernizers: Naturalizing Capitalism in Doi Moi Vietnam
"The Other Side of the War": Memory and Meaning at the War Remnants Museum
Epilogue Tourism and the Martial Fascination
Notes
References
Index
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