A collection of about 500 postcard depicting life in early 20th century Indochina in Jean Despiere’s “The old Indochina” will elicit a roundtable discussion at L’ Espace French Cultural Center in Hanoi on October 18.
A postcard of Saigon-Cholon in the early 20th century
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Professor Nguyen Khac Phi, historian Duong Trung Quoc, translator Duong Cong Minh, and Vietnamese Education Publishing House’s Editor in Chief Nguyen Quy Thao will participate in the discussion themed “The old Indochina”, educing 20th century life in Cambodia and Laos and the three regions of Vietnam.
With “The Old Indochina” Jean Despierre wished to introduce its readers to the visual richness and uniqueness of life in Le Tonkin (Vietnam’s North), L’Annam (Vietnam’s central region), La Cochinchine (Vietnam’s Southern region), Le Cambodge (Cambodia) and Le Laos (Laos).
The name “Indochina” first appeared in “World Mathematical, Physical and Political Geography” a multi-volume cartographic collection by Danish-French geographer and journalist Conrad Malte Bruun (1775-1826) published in 1804. The 12th volume refers to Indochina as comprising Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
The discussion is free and open to the public at L’Espace-French Cultural Center at 24, Trang Tien Street, Hanoi.