TALK: Speaking Out in Vietnam: Public Political Criticism in a Communist Party-Ruled Nation
February 7 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
About the Talk
Dr. Kerkvliet will speak on the title of his new book (of the same name) due out in June 2019 (Cornell University Press). In essays, books, blogs, magazines, petitions, and demonstrations, Vietnamese citizens in recent years have been publicly debating and criticizing government agencies, policies, and the ruling Communist Party. In this presentation, Dr. Kerkvliet will analyze this political ferment and authorities’ reactions, which have been a mixture of responsiveness, toleration, and repression.
About the Speaker
Dr. Ben Kerkvliet is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Political & Social Change, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, Australian National University. His research interests include comparative politics, Southeast Asia, and Asian studies. Dr. Kerkvliet was a faculty member at the University of Hawaiʻi from 1971-91, and Australian National University from 1992-present.