Cu Chi tunnels: Vietnamese transmigrant's perspective

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2014

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Le, Kelly

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Pergamon-Elsevier Ltd

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Made famous during the Vietnam War as underground passages of the Viet Cong guerillas, the Cu Chi Tunnels historical site is a tourist attraction, commonly associated with a kind of low-brow entertainment aimed at foreign visitors. This article expands the scholarship of this site using auto-ethnographic and qualitative survey research methods. Aimed at agitating Cu Chi’s kitsch and political associations, the author considers the Vietnamese market economy and the reversed-migration flows, in order to contextualize Cu Chi as an identity-negotiation nexus for transmigrant Vietnamese professionals. Particular focus is placed on how visitation to Cu Chi tunnels and the abstention of visitation can allude to the participant’s heritage affiliations.

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Annals of Tourism Research

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Journal article

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10.1016/j.annals.2014.02.007

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2037-12-31