Metaphorical Representation of Diseases and COVID-19: From Vietnamese Medieval Historical and Literary Texts to Current Youtube Propagandist Songs

Author: Hue Linh Bui (Senior Lecturer at Thai Nguyen University of Sciences, Vietnam)
Hang Thu Duong (Associate Professor at Thai Nguyen University of Education, Vietnam)
Speaker: Hue Linh Bui
Topic: Narrative and Metanarrative
The GLOCAL CALA 2022 General Session


In Vietnamese medieval historical and literary writings, several natural disasters, including pandemics, are mentioned with different frequencies and properties. This difference shows the changes in the ideology of Vietnamese kings, historians and writers in certain historical periods. The record and writing of diseases and other natural disasters not only reflects the Confucian ideology of virtue (“đức”) but also represents different discourses on nationalism and science. The paper shows that the metaphorical representation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnamese popular propagandist songs on Youtube continues this tradition of nationalism and influences the way the people deal with the pandemic.

Keywords: Propagandist song, Youtube, Nationalism, Vietnamese, Pandemic, COVID-19, Disease, Confucian virtue