Revolutionary Vietnamese Women and Global Solidarity

How is feminist solidarity seen and recognized?  Just as importantly, how is solidarity misrecognized? This talk explores the emergence of a potent symbol of solidarity, the revolutionary Vietnamese woman.  During and after the war in Vietnam, this figure was produced and circulated in the name of feminist solidarity in local and transpacific contexts, within the divided nation and abroad.  

Sponsored by the Department of English and the Program in Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College.

Tracing the circulation of this figure between the Vietnam Women's Union, the Women's Solidarity Movement of Vietnam, and the women's movements in Canada and the US, reveals how these organizations molded this figure to suit their own purposes. Feminists often misrecognize the revolutionary Vietnamese woman, a process suggesting that misrecognition establishes, rather than sabotages, solidarity.

Professor Thy Phu

Associate Professor at Western University

Thy Phu

Thy Phu is presently Whitney Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor of Canadian Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale University.

Her research, which focuses on critical race studies and visual culture, has been supported with fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is the author of Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture and co-editor, with Elspeth Brown, of Feeling Photography.