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
In 1744 Nguyễn Đăng Thịnh, an official in Đàng Trong, presented a letter to his ruler, Nguyễn Phúc Khoát, the “Nguyễn lord” of Đàng Trong, encouraging him to take the title of “prince.” Only excerpts from that document remain, but … Continue reading Nguyễn Phúc Khoát, Liu Bang and the Grand Transversal
Following on the previous two posts, it is time to start looking at the documents relating to the 1744 event where Nguyễn Phúc Khoát, the “Nguyễn lord” of Đàng Trong, elevated his status from “commandery duke” to “prince.” The passage … Continue reading A Blossoming Udumbara Tree and the Rectification of Names in 1744 Đàng Trong
As I stated in the previous post, in 1744 Nguyễn Phúc Khoát, the “Nguyễn lord” of Đàng Trong (the southern half of the Lê Dynasty empire) elevated his status from that of a commandery duke (quận công 郡公) to that … Continue reading Premodern Vietnamese Historical Sources, And What Historians Don’t Tell You about Them
In the world of English-language scholarship on Vietnamese history there is a subfield that has focused on “Đàng Trong” (also known as Nam Hà, Cochinchina, etc.), the area to the south of what is now the Gianh River in Quảng … Continue reading Princes (not Kings) in Đàng Trong
I’ve been reading a new, and very interesting, book called The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies (Duke 2017) by Fabio Lanza. It is about a group of young scholars who formed an organization in 1968 called … Continue reading LMK Vlog #09: Reading The End of Concern