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Tran, Angie Ngoc. “Labor Organizing and Protests in Foreign-Direct Investment Factories.” In Ties That Bind: Cultural Identity, Class and Law in Vietnam’s Labor Resistance, 181-224. Ithica: Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2013. (43)

Dr. Tran’s excerpt from her book, Ties That Bind: Cultural Identity, Class and Law in Vietnam’s Labor Resistance, details the variety of reasons behind everyday conflict, strikes, and work consciousness as detailed by the media in Vietnam factories. The concept of strike and the workers consciousness is not something which is new to society and actually, as Tran remarks in her chapter, often times “migrant workers’ real-life experiences are influence by their cultural identities, historical legacies, shared working and living conditions, and their expectations of fairness under the rule of law”90. Taking this into consideration one would find it easy to believe that strikes and protests are everyday occurrences in Vietnam and, because of the continued misuse and abuse of workers by management and owners, the people are easily aware of their rights and ability to fight for them. Tran also documents the “cultural ties that bring workers together in both social and work settings” and create a dialogue between workers so that communication on these rights is stable91. These examples of organizing power are those of the modern day and also hold roots in issues of human rights and civil rights protests. As one can see well documented throughout history, though humanity may have a strong history of human rights abuses there is also a strong history of rebellion and revolution in what ever form possible, whether it be Marxist or under the guise of peaceful protest.






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