The late archaeologist Wilhelm Solheim would probably be very surprised to find that statements he made way back in 1971 are cited today as “evidence” that the ancestors of the Vietnamese were the first people in Asia to cultivate rice. … Continue reading Vietnamese Prehistory and International Scholarship – Part 3: Sauer, Solheim & Hòa Bình
One of the great joys of my work is making videos of conversations with scholars who research about Southeast Asia. It was my great pleasure and honor to recently make this video of a conversation between Professors Jonathan Rigg and … Continue reading Agrarian Transformation in Thailand, and Rural-Urban Interactions
In 1971, archaeologist Wilhelm “Bill” Solheim made some comments in the magazine National Geographic about the origins of agriculture. His comments were premature, and turned out to be false. Then in the late 1990s those comments were discovered by some … Continue reading Vietnamese Prehistory and International Scholarship – Part 2: Thought & Solheim
For the past half century or so there has been an idea circulating in the Vietnamese world that holds that the ancestors of the Vietnamese were the first people to inhabit the Asian mainland, and that they established the foundations … Continue reading Vietnamese Prehistory and International Scholarship – Part 1: Introduction
This is my first attempt at making a video in Vietnamese. . . You gotta start somewhere. . . In recent years some Vietnamese people interested in history, both inside and outside of the country, have created a new story … Continue reading Tiền sử Việt Nam và học thuật quốc tế (phần 1)
Following up on the ideas in the previous post about how valuable it is to try to understand what “users” of a product/service actually think, and given that I’ve been maintaining this blog for almost a decade without really knowing … Continue reading How May I Help You?
I keep thinking about the times we are living in, about how dramatically technology is transforming our lives, and about how the professional world I inhabit (academia/the Humanities/area studies) does not seem to be adapting to these changes all that … Continue reading This Blog Needs UX!! Academia Could Use Some Too!!
I’ve been in conference-organization mode, but the conference is now ready for takeoff. For anyone interested, the program for the 11th Engaging With Vietnam conference is available here. Continue reading Engaging With Vietnam #11 in Leiden
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, “Vietnam” was under the rule of a single dynasty, the Lê Dynasty, but the land was actually divided in two, with each half ruled over by a separate family – the Trịnh in the … Continue reading How Nguyễn Phúc Khoát Declined to Become Emperor
According to the official chronicles of the Nguyễn Dynasty, the Đại Nam thực lục (hereafter ĐNTL), in 1744 Nguyễn Đăng Thịnh, an official in Đàng Trong, presented a petition to his ruler, Nguyễn Phúc Khoát, the “Nguyễn lord” of Đàng … Continue reading Nguyễn Đăng Thịnh’s 1744 Request that Nguyễn Phúc Khoát Become Emperor