Speaking Out: Public Political Criticism in Contemporary Vietnam

Abstract
In essays, books, blogs, magazines, petitions, and demonstrations, Vietnamese citizens in recent years have been publicly debating and criticizing government agencies, policies, and the ruling Communist Party. This seminar analyzes aspects of this political ferment and authorities’ reactions, which have been a mixture of responsiveness, toleration, and repression.

About the Speaker
Ben Kerkvliet’s publications include The Power of Everyday Politics: How Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy (Cornell University Press, 2005). He is an emeritus professor at the Australian National University and an affiliate graduate faculty member at the University of Hawai’i.

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