This autoethnographic account of a “socialist youth” explores how state power influences and shapes youth’s concept of nationalism. Embracing the teaching of Ho Chi Minh’s philosophy and Marxism-Leninism, Vietnam’s school programs and activities in the 1980s were designed to evoke patriotism and to ensure Vietnamese children would revere Uncle Ho and stay loyal to the Communist Party . In the name of the nation, this system also motivated youth to dedicate their lives, to commit their time and energy, and to sacrifice personal interests for “the success of communism.” Within this system, symbolic rewards, such as the “Uncle Ho’s Good Children” award, provided important meanings that could make childhood under socialism a fulfilling and memorable experience.
Small children do small tasks (Tuổi nhỏ làm việc nhỏ)
According to your strength (Tuỳ theo sức của mình)
Prove that you are worthy (Các cháu hãy xứng đáng)
Uncle Ho’s children! (Cháu Bác Hồ Chí Minh!)
Ho Chi Minh ( 1952 )
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Ho, V.HP. (2018). Uncle Ho’s Good Children Award and State Power at a Socialist School in Vietnam. In: Silova, I., Piattoeva, N., Millei, Z. (eds) Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62791-5_6
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