Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong / Edition 1
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Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong / Edition 1

by Hue-Tam Ho Tai
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520262263

ISBN-13: 9780520262263

Pub. Date: 05/14/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

This is the incredible story of Bao Luong, Vietnam's first female political prisoner. In 1927, when she was just eighteen, Bao Luong left her village home to join Ho Chi Minh's Revolutionary Youth League and fight for both national independence and women's equality. A year later, she became embroiled in the Barbier Street murder, a crime in which unruly passion was

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This is the incredible story of Bao Luong, Vietnam's first female political prisoner. In 1927, when she was just eighteen, Bao Luong left her village home to join Ho Chi Minh's Revolutionary Youth League and fight for both national independence and women's equality. A year later, she became embroiled in the Barbier Street murder, a crime in which unruly passion was mixed with revolutionary ardor. By the time of her sensational trial, Bao Luong's beloved Revolutionary Youth League had ceased to exist. Weaving Bao Luong's own memoir together with excerpts from newspaper articles, family gossip, and official documents, this book by Bao Luong's niece takes us from rural life in the Mekong Delta to the bustle of colonial Saigon. It provides a rare snapshot of Vietnam in the first decades of the twentieth century and is a compelling account of one woman's struggle to make a place for herself in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520262263
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/14/2010
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Principal Characters xi

Introduction 1

1 The Girl from the South 12

2 From Faithful Moon to Precious Honesty 23

3 Apprentice Revolutionaries 37

4 Vignettes from the Revolution 53

5 Prelude to a Murder 62

6 The Crime on Barbier Street 88

7 The End of the Revolutionary Youth League 102

8 The Road to Hell 115

9 Down among Women 139

10 The Verdict 166

11 Life and Death 175

Notes 181

Glossary 187

Bibliography 189

Index 191

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