In the wake of the Indochina War (1945–1954), French citizens of Indochinese descent, many of whom were women with young children, began arriving in France to start new lives. Called ‘repatriates,’ even though they had never set foot in France before, they faced a host of challenges as they struggled to support their families, maintain certain cultural practices, and deal with colonial-era stereotypes and assimilationist rhetoric from those running rural reception centers.
Dr. Kathryn Edwards of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will examine the experiences of women repatriates, their place within French discourse on assimilation, their contributions to collective memory within the repatriate community, as well as broader reflections on gender and war remembrance in France.
This event is sponsored by the Buffalo State College Faculty-Student Association and the History and Social Studies Education Department.
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