Red Earth: A Vietnamese Memoir of Life on a Colonial Rubber Plantation
by Tran Bu Binh, Binh, Tran Tu / Spragens, John Jr. (Translator) / Binh, Tran Tu / Spragens, John Jr. (Translator) /, John Spragens
Phu Rieng was one of many French rubber plantations in colonial Vietnam; Tran Tu Binh was one of 17,606 laborers brought to work there in 1927, and his memoir is a straightforward, emotionally searing account of how one Vietnamese youth became involved in revolutionary politics. The connection between this early experience and later activities of the author becomes clear a...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Ohio University Press
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Written from the perspective of a young man from a Catholic peasant village of the north who would later join the VN communist party, this short piece gives a searing account of the conditions of a destitute colonial labor force and their rebellions. Reminds me of stories a friends grandfather would tell me of working on a French rubber field as a boy.