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Covert CapitalLandscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia$
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Andrew Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274648

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274648.001.0001

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The Fall of South Vietnam and the Transnational Intimacies of Falls Church, Arlington, and McLean

The Fall of South Vietnam and the Transnational Intimacies of Falls Church, Arlington, and McLean

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(p.163) Four The Fall of South Vietnam and the Transnational Intimacies of Falls Church, Arlington, and McLean
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Covert Capital
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Andrew Friedman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274648.003.0005

Intimacies—complex, racialized, exploitative—were the strategy by which the covert capital extended its power, yet they served as the basis for enduring US imperial communities. When the North Vietnamese entered Saigon in 1975 and drove out the United States, Vietnamese agents, officials, family members, and employees of the stretched-out US imperial state migrated to the covert capital. To meet the returnees, the covert capital insisted on presenting its friends, equals, and intimates as pastless refugees. This chapter examines the forms of daily life and expression that agents and intimates used to experience and publicize these intimacies in a landscape fixed on erasing them, focusing on the Eden Center, a converted strip mall in Falls Church, and the novel Monkey Bridge by the writer Lan Cao.

Keywords:   Vietnam, immigration, Eden, Cao, iefugee, Arlington, Falls Church, Lansdale, Saigon

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