By Linda Hitchcox (auth.)
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Despite the turbulence of the period it was also a time of considerable literary achievement. In particular the poet Nguyen Du (1765-1820) wrote his epic Kim Van Kieu, a classic work that is much admired by Vietnamese of all shades of political opinion. One refugee stated: For myself, I like Kieu very much because it is a very Vietnamese piece of writing, perhaps the first that was not strongly influenced by the Chinese. Also, it shows that good will follow good and bad will follow bad, that if one is patient with suffering one will be rewarded in the end.
Thereafter the Caodaiists, like the Hoa Hao, reluctantly gave their support to the French rather than communism, but were never able to co-operate with the pro-Catholic regimes of South Vietnam that followed the collapse of French rule. After the communist victory in 1975, the main houses of Cao Dai were closed down and the leaders imprisoned (Nguyen Van Canh, 1983, p. 186). It has been suggested that the emergence of reformist sects together with a swift rise in popularity is indicative of an unstable society on the point of revolutionary change (Bryan R.
The Pol Pot regime in Phnom Penh demanded the return of territories seized by the Vietnamese centuries earlier. To reinforce their claims they launched an invasion of South Vietnam and raided islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The moves were backed by China who, having lost influence over Vietnam, was determined to retain a presence in the region by giving support to the Khmer Rouge. Consequently the national security of Vietnam was threatened on two of her borders. Moreover, thousands of Khmer refugees had fled to Vietnam to escape the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime.
Vietnamese Refugees in Southeast Asian Camps by Linda Hitchcox (auth.)