Abstract

The over-amplification of the Vietnamese "reformed opera" cải lương and a critique of its "excessive" nature facilitated the Vietnamese Communist Party's erasure of southern cul­ture and rebuilding of a unified new socialist state at the end of the Vietnam-American war. While cải lương became a metonymy for southern culture and terrain by marking the south as a "melodramatic" space in need of purification, a reformed cải lương was also used by the communist state to call abject and feminized citizens home in the creation of a new, unified nation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2109
Print ISSN
0742-5457
Pages
pp. 255-275
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-11
Open Access
No
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