Tours of Vietnam

Tours of Vietnam

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In Tours of Vietnam, Scott Laderman demonstrates how tourist literature has shaped Americansa€™ understanding of Vietnam and projections of United States power since the mid-twentieth century. Laderman analyzes portrayals of Vietnama€™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 a€œmanlya€ American military power or celebrating the neoliberal reforms Vietnam implemented in the 1980s, ostensibly neutral guides have repeatedly represented events, particularly those related to the Vietnam War, in ways that favor 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 a€œfamily of free nations.a€ 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 offered by Vietnam to sightsee, swim, hunt, and water-ski. Laderman points out that, despite historiansa€™ ongoing and well-documented uncertainty about the facts of the 1968 a€œHue Massacrea€ during the National Liberation Fronta€™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 museuma€™s display of that record as little more than a€œpropaganda.a€War, Travel Guides, and Memory Scott Laderman. a€”a€”a€”. Fodora#39;s Guide to Japan and East Asia 1964. New York: DavidMcKay, 1964. ... Washington, D.C. Footscray, Victoria, Australia: Lonely Planet Publications, 2001. Hue Touristic Office.

Title:Tours of Vietnam
Author: Scott Laderman
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2008-12-26

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