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Red Earth: A Vietnamese Memoir of Life on a Colonial Rubber Plantation
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, 112 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.