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The Birth of Vietnamese Political JournalismSaigon, 1916-1930$
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Philippe Peycam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158503

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158503.001.0001

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In Search of a Political Role (1916–1923)

In Search of a Political Role (1916–1923)

(p.71) Chapter 3 In Search of a Political Role (1916–1923)
The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism

Philippe M. F. Peycam

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the development of the print capitalism and political consciousness in Saigon. Under the governorship of Albert Sarraut, newspapers were introduced as a means of influencing the indigenous population. This French model eventually became the means of Vietnamese correspondence for both political and socioeconomic functions, particularly for economic integration; new forms of conviviality among urbanized Vietnamese; and new modes of individual agency for and within the community. By the end of the 1920s, this political journalism had become a profession and an economic force. The chapter explores the basic processes of political journalism and the problems encountered as it persisted during the French imperialism.

Keywords:   print capitalism, political consciousness, Saigon, Albert Sarraut, newspapers, political functions, socioeconomic functions, urbanized Vietnamese, political journalism, French imperialism

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