Vietnam was under the French Rule since the 19 century. By the early 20th century, prosperity of Western influences came to Vietnam. The photographs were taken by Charles Petrie! Who captured everyday life.
While 90% of Vietnamese remained peasants, the French began to educate young Vietnamese to fill clerical positions in companies and enterprises owned by the French. They abolished Confucian philosophy and stopped teaching Mandarin as colleges and universities grew more into numbers.
The Vietnamese had to study French language and French culture, as if to create francophilia as they masters liberty, equality and fraternity. The wealthier sons go to France and return radicalized, as they become conflicted with the conservative generation to changes.
Images are from “Vintage Everyday”:http://www.vintag.es/2012/10/old-photos-of-vietnam-from-1920-30.html.
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