Speaking	Out	in	Vietnam:	Public	Political	Criticism	in	a	Communist-Party	Ruled	Nation

Speaking Out in Vietnam: Public Political Criticism in a Communist-Party Ruled Nation

by Benedict J Tria Kerkvliet

Since 1990 public political criticism has evolved into a prominent feature of Vietnam’s political landscape. So argues Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet in his analysis of Communist Party–ruled Vietnam. Speaking Out in Vietnam assesses the rise and diversity of these public displays of disagreement, showing that they have morphed from family whispers to large-scale use of electronic media. 

In discussing how such criticism has become widespread over the last three decades, Kerkvliet focuses on four clusters of critics: factory workers demanding better wages and living standards; villagers demonstrating and petitioning against corruption and land confiscations; citizens opposing China’s encroachment into Vietnam and criticizing China-Vietnam relations; and dissidents objecting to the party-state regime and pressing for democratization. He finds that public political criticism ranges from lambasting corrupt authorities to condemning the repression of bloggers to protesting about working conditions. Speaking Out in Vietnam shows that, although we may think that the party-state represses public criticism, in fact Vietnamese authorities often tolerate and respond positively to such public and open protests.

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  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press / ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 320g
  • Product Code : 9789814843843
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Benedict J Tria Kerkvliet

Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University and an affiliate graduate faculty member at the University of Hawaii.