Professor Eric Jennings will talk about The Alps in Indochina, or a Case of Colonial Cloning.
This paper draws on Dr. Jennings's most recent book, Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of France in Indochina.
Intended as a reminder of Europe, the city of Dalat, located in the hills of Southern Vietnam, was built by the French in an alpine locale that reminded them of home. The book uncovers the strange 100-year history of a colonial city that was conceived as a center of power and has now become a kitsch tourist destination famed for its colonial villas, flower beds, pristine lakes, and pastoral landscapes.
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