Mèo Mun
The Broken Promises of Vietnam [en]

Vietnam 2021, the mood in the air seems to be that of optimism. The government’s relentless pursuit of a Zero-COVID strategy has won them widespread approval both domestically and internationally. The economy managed to squeeze out positive growth whereas many of its neighbours suffered a decline from the pandemic. Yet underneath all this bravado, one could sense that something is amiss. There’s this nagging feeling that no one seems to be able to put a finger on. Almost as if, there is a spectre haunting Vietnam, the spectre of communism — the true kind without any bells and whistles.

Apr 20, 2021 Read the whole text... 6 pp.

Mèo Mun
The Fight for Partial Freedom in Vietnam And how liberals are the only one pretending to care [en]

Western leftists, communists, and anarchists alike routinely call for ‘unity’ with the authoritarian oppressors in their favourite ‘socialist’ states. They value a cheap, doomed-to-end-in-failure unity with the statists, the genocide deniers, and the red reactionaries, more than the well-being and liberation of marginalised groups.

May 3, 2021 Read the whole text... 5 pp.

Mèo Mun
Queerphobia in Vietnam Is queerphobia in Vietnam a mere product of colonialism, and does it matter? [en]

There is a tendency in some post-colonial societies to blame all social ailments, such as queerphobia, sexism, and misogyny, on colonialism and Western imperialism. Whilst the evils and destructiveness of colonialism are indubitably pervasive, such reductive thinking is overly simplistic, and can be detrimental to marginalised groups in post-colonial societies.

Apr 27, 2021 Read the whole text... 6 pp.

Sketches of an Archipelagic Poetics of Postcolonial Belonging [en]

The task of an archipelagic poetics in the current context would be to foment new, multivalent, archipelagic forms of identity and community, in ways which refuse and overspill the boundaries and terms of compartmentalised island space. Not only would it seek to spark new forms of sociality and ways of being in the world, but would also attempt to make explicit that which is already implicit.

Dec 30, 2020 Read the whole text... 13 pp.

Mèo Mun
Việt Nam: Những Lời Hứa Bỏ Ngỏ [vi]

Việt Nam năm 2021, mọi nơi đều được bao trùm bởi một bầu không khí lạc quan. Chiến dịch chống COVID bền bỉ của chính phủ đã giành được sự công nhận ở cả trong và ngoài nước. Nền kinh tế tăng trưởng dương một cách thần kỳ trong khi nhiều nước láng giềng khốn đốn vì đại dịch. Thế nhưng ẩn sau bầu không khí hân hoan ấy, ta vẫn thấy có điều gì nặng nề, bức bối mà không ai có thể gọi tên. Dường như có một bóng ma đang ám ảnh Việt Nam: bóng ma của chủ nghĩa Cộng sản — thứ chủ nghĩa Cộng sản chân chính không chút giả dối.

Jul 14, 2021 Read the whole text... 7 pp.