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A Post-Apocalyptic World Called East of Eden (Vietnam)

Colloquium with Chuong-Dài Võ, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Thursday, November 14, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
A25 Haines Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This talk examines the specter of the Vietnam War in the post-911 world, through a reading of Pipo Nguyen-duy’s photography series, East of Eden (2002-2012). It analyzes his use of the motif of the doppelganger, arguing that the uncanny double reminds us of the connections between American empire building and the home front, and traces the historical arc of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the century-old U.S. competition with other imperial powers for dominance in Southeast Asia.

Chuong-Dài Võ is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA.  She is working on a book manuscript titled An Assemblage of Fragments: Transnational Vietnamese Culture and Post-War Returns. She has received fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright Program, National Endowment for the Humanities and University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Department

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