Masquerading, (Re)Making Identities, and Familial Commemorations

  • Rivka Syd Eisner
Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)


In Chap.  3, cô Kim Dung recounts carrying out a covert bombing mission against French troops, her trial and imprisonment, and her unexpected escape from death. Eisner discusses the veterans’ practices of identity subversion, cô Kim Dung’s self-sustaining familial devotion in prison, the women’s sense of kinship with the female martyr Võ thị Sáu, their ambivalent remembrance of engaging in wartime violence, and the deeply performative dimensions of anti-colonial/imperial insurgency. Also discussed is the contractual significance of cô Kim Dung’s most prized possession (which she still wears): a silver bracelet made by her father and slipped to her through a prison window. Cô Kim Dung attributes her survival, and her commitments to civic pedagogy, to the filial strength and responsibilities the bracelet continues to both give and require.


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  • Rivka Syd Eisner
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  1. 1.University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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