Shadows And Wind: A View Of Modern Vietnam

Paperback | August 15, 1999

byRobert Templer

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In Shadows and Wind, Robert Templer paints a fascinating and fresh picture of a country usually viewed with hazy nostalgia or deep suspicion. Here is Hanoi, an increasingly tense and troubled city approaching its millennium but uncertain of its direction. Here are people emerging from a long wilderness of malnutrition, discovering a new lifestyle of leisure and luxury. And everywhere are the anomalies that burst the bubble of optimism: a vastly expensive luxury hotel sitting empty in an unknown town six hours from an international airport; museums crammed with fake exhibits. And there remains the one-party Communist state, still wrapped in secrecy and corruption, and making for an uneasy bedfellow with the rapacious capitalism it now encourages.Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Vietnam and years of research, Robert Templer has produced the first in-depth examination of the problems facing modern Vietnam. Shadows and Wind is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Vietnam that now has emerged from a century of conflict with both foreign powers and with itself.

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Having gingerly emerged from a century of turmoil, Vietnam now faces some of its greatest challenges as a nation. In this account of modern life in this often-misunderstood country, Robert Templar offers a comprehensive examination of social, political and cultural problems in Vietnam today. Shadows and Wind provides a current, exhaust...

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In Shadows and Wind, Robert Templer paints a fascinating and fresh picture of a country usually viewed with hazy nostalgia or deep suspicion. Here is Hanoi, an increasingly tense and troubled city approaching its millennium but uncertain of its direction. Here are people emerging from a long wilderness of malnutrition, discovering a ne...

After graduating from Cambridge University Robert Templer worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Afghanistan. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph (London), he is a recipient of the prestigious Soros Fellowship and now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.9 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140285970

ISBN - 13:9780140285970

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Table of Contents

Map
Acknowledgments
1. Without Heroes
2. Imagining Vietnam
3. Remembering Vietnam
4. Famine
5. Feast
6. Empty Box
7. Excommunicated
8. Industrial Chickens
9. Pendulum
10. Cymbals and Litanies
11. A Mirror of Things Past
12. Social Evils
13. Faith
14. China Lite
15. Melancholy Tribe
16. Young and Restless
17. Conclusion
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

Having gingerly emerged from a century of turmoil, Vietnam now faces some of its greatest challenges as a nation. In this account of modern life in this often-misunderstood country, Robert Templar offers a comprehensive examination of social, political and cultural problems in Vietnam today. Shadows and Wind provides a current, exhaustive look at the role Vietnam could play internationally and how it might cope with its national uncertainty.