The Unclaimed War

The Unclaimed War: The Social Memory of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese border war in China and Vietnam

Tam Ngo


The 1979 war between China and Vietnam is not claimed as a war of heroism and patriotism by authorities in either country today, but the participants and victims of the war remember it differently and are seeking official recognition and respect. The war has had tremendous effects on large groups of people, including Chinese in Vietnam and Vietnamese in China as well ethnic minorities in the border region. This study explores memories and social effects of this war among various groups in both countries. It connects to project 2 in studying Chinese-Vietnamese refugees in Germany.