Sunday, September 9, 2012

Show for Sept. 9, 2012. Our Man in Hanoi: Historian Mike Vann.

Down the mean streets of old Hanoi goes Mike Vann, a historian specializing in Vietnam during its nearly 70 years under French rule. Mike has uncovered some wonderfully tawdry tales that reveal a lot about the whole strange business of colonialism, when much of the globe was claimed by a handful of European countries. We discuss sex in the colonial city, the great rat massacre, murder on the Rue Hue, Hanoi in the time of cholera, and some charming French postcards.

L to R: “La Mission Civilisatrice”; French Hanoi; colonial humor; Mike Vann at Angkor Wat.

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