A lecture on the environmental history of Vietnam presented by David Biggs, UC Riverside. Registration required.
Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon) has long been the commercial and political center of southern Vietnam, and is one of southeast Asia’s largest manufacturing and export centers. The climate crisis has brought renewed attention to coastal mangrove ecosystems. What roles has this ecosystem played in the history and politics of Vietnam’s largest city? This talk explores the ways Saigon’s mangrove frontier helped power key metabolic flows and commercial exchanges that animated and sustained city life and, at times, played directly into larger political struggles.
David Biggs is a professor of history at UC Riverside focusing on environmental and Southeast Asian history. He is the award-winning author of Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta (2010) and Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam (2018).
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Sponsored by Oberlin’s Department of History and LIASE.