The <i>Yin</i> of Early Modern Vietnamese Culture Challenges the <i>Yang</i> of Tradition, 1932–1939

Neil L. Jamieson

in Understanding Vietnam

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780520201576
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916586 | DOI:
The Yin of Early Modern Vietnamese Culture Challenges the Yang of Tradition, 1932–1939

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This chapter examines the conflict between traditional and early modern culture in Vietnam during the period from 1932 to 1939. Both intra- and interpersonal conflict intensified in early Vietnamese society. The tightly knit core of traditional culture perpetuated itself within the family while the intrusive nucleus of Western civilization was a burgeoning influence. The tragedy of twentieth-century Vietnam emerged as Westernized men and women banded together to impose their views of society, and in doing so came into conflict with other groups who were equally committed to opposing standards.

Keywords: early modern culture; traditional culture; Vietnam; family; Western civilization

Chapter.  30475 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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