How did the textbooks represent Vietnamese during the period of French colonization?

Question.

How did the textbooks represent Vietnamese during the period of French colonization? Explain. [CBSE 2014]


Solution:

1.School textbooks glorified the French and justified colonial rule while Vietnamese were represented as primitive and backward.
2.They were capable of manual labour but not of intellectual reflection.
3.They could work in the fields but not rule themselves.
4.They were ‘skilled copyists’ but not creative.
5.School children were told that only French rule could ensure peace in Vietnam. Since the establishment of French rule, the Vietnamese peasant no longer lives in constant terror of pirates.

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