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Introduction to “Mapping Vietnameseness”

Introduction to “Mapping Vietnameseness” MAP P I N G V I E T NAM E S E N E S S HUE-TAM HO TAI Harvard University Vietnam and China are currently engaged in a map war, with each country using ancient maps to buttress its claims to territorial sovereignty over some uninhabited islands in the South China Sea (in Chinese terminology), also known as the Eastern Sea (in Vietnamese). But what do maps in fact rep-re sent? What is meant by “territory”? How are territorial limits conceived? e Th se questions were raised in a May 2015 workshop inspired by Thongchai Winichakul’s Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation (1994), a groundbreaking book that traces the transformation of Thai geographical consciousness as a result of Siam’s encounter with Western powers in the nineteenth century. While many of Thongchai’s insights apply to the Viet- namese case, as the first of the three articles included in this special issue of Cross-Currents shows, some of the 2015 workshop participants’ conclusions departed from his, especially regarding the formation of a Vietnamese g-eo This is true of the other graphical consciousness before the colonial period. two papers, which focus specic fi ally on the construction http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

Introduction to “Mapping Vietnameseness”

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University
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2158-9666
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Abstract

MAP P I N G V I E T NAM E S E N E S S HUE-TAM HO TAI Harvard University Vietnam and China are currently engaged in a map war, with each country using ancient maps to buttress its claims to territorial sovereignty over some uninhabited islands in the South China Sea (in Chinese terminology), also known as the Eastern Sea (in Vietnamese). But what do maps in fact rep-re sent? What is meant by “territory”? How are territorial limits conceived? e Th se questions were raised in a May 2015 workshop inspired by Thongchai Winichakul’s Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation (1994), a groundbreaking book that traces the transformation of Thai geographical consciousness as a result of Siam’s encounter with Western powers in the nineteenth century. While many of Thongchai’s insights apply to the Viet- namese case, as the first of the three articles included in this special issue of Cross-Currents shows, some of the 2015 workshop participants’ conclusions departed from his, especially regarding the formation of a Vietnamese g-eo This is true of the other graphical consciousness before the colonial period. two papers, which focus specic fi ally on the construction

Journal

Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 13, 2016

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