CHI P. PHAM
THINKING INDIAN DIASPORA STUDIES: PRESENTATIONS OF OLD AND NEW INDIANS IN VIETNAM
Date & Time
7. 7. 2021, 10:00 CEST
ONLINE LECTURE VIA ZOOM: https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/98301292235
This talk analyzes images of Indian migrants in Vietnam, suggesting political associations of recent concepts of diasporic populations in diaspora studies. Specifically, this talk compares Vietnamese presentations of the Indians who migrated to Vietnam before and after the time of the Reform (1986) in reference to recent developments of Indian diaspora studies.
The complexity of the images of the Indians in different migrating waves in Vietnam makes it not always relevant to recent perceptions of the Indian diasporic population. Such irrelevance suggests nationalist ideologies that are involved in constructing public perceptions of “diasporic population,” particularly “Indian diaspora.” This talk relies on a multidisciplinary reading of Vietnamese sources, which include literary, administrative, journalistic, and orally transmitted accounts.
Chi Pham is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany. She has published articles in Vietnamese and English on Indian literature, the Indian diasporain Vietnam, literature and nationalism, and ecocriticism. Her most recent publication is Literature and Nation-building in Vietnam: The Invisibilization of the Indians. Routledge, 2021