The stories highlighted in Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism and Feminism During the Vietnam Era written by Judy Tzhu-Chun Wu brought attention to the early stages of social movements of the people who made a great impact in Eastern countries like Vietnam yet were underrecognised. The historical figures included people from different backgrounds who were seen as a part of the international community abroad that were not afraid and willing to advocate for major issues like women’s peace and liberation that created due conditions of the war during that time period. Their voices and involvement helped to diverse political views and helped to challenge the political commitments and work of activism in the years that followed.
The international group of activists were important because they helped to inspire transnationalism and multiracial coalitions. As we see with activism work in modern society, movements like the Women’s March or Black Lives Matter involve not just the groups that are the main advocates, but so many more individuals and groups of people take part and stand in solidarity with them too. Focusing on Southeast Asians specifically, receiving additional voices and assistance from other people other than themselves when looking at social movements help to make their voices bigger and stronger.
Question: If we were to compare activist work from the late 20th century to that of the 21st century, what are some of the similarities and differences? Taking into account major changes in society such as the great amount of technological development, to what extent, if any does it impact people and social movements
Wu, Judy Tzu-Chun. Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2013.