2007 Holland Prize

The Restructuring of Vietnamese Nationalism, 1954-2006

Hy V. Luong
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Volume 80 No.3, Fall 2007, pp. 439-453

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Hy V. Luong

Luong’s study analyzes how national identities are constructed, how they change, and what factors drive such processes. Countering views that focus solely on the impact of globalization on Vietnamese national identity, the article provides a cogent analysis of how changing relations between the state and local societies have been instrumental in broadening the range of state practice deployed in maintaining national identity. His rich empirical research and judicious argument highlight a shift in emphasis from developmental nationalism to cultural nationalism that has been occurring not just in Vietnam, but in other countries as well.