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

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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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Ceres
Jan 19, 2016 Ceres rated it liked it
Had to read this for a class but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It's a real life account of a Vietnamese rubber plantation worker during the height of French colonization in Vietnam. It gave an insight to the struggles of these workers and to the roots of Communism in Vietnam.
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I've read memoirs similar to this one before and I didn't enjoy them very much. I found this one to be interesting, especially with the beginnings of communism in Vietnam. I didn't love this book by any means, but it was definitely worth a read.
Adam
Jun 21, 2008 Adam rated it liked it
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.
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Apr 21, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
For anybody interested in history.
I read this for my class on Comparative French Colonialism.
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