I came across a Vietnamese newspaper from the late 1930s-early 1940s called the “Tràng An Báo.” This name is interesting. “Tràng An” is usually written now as “Trường An” and comes from “Chang’an” 長安, the name of the Han Dynasty … Continue reading Chang’an News from Vietnam
I can’t read fiction anymore. When I was young, I found novels to be a great means to “travel” to places (both in the literal and figurative senses) that I could not visit in real life, and I would spend … Continue reading Vietnamese Poetry 4.0
For a long time now I’ve been witnessing a decline in interest in area studies, the Humanities, the field of History, etc., all of the fields that I was trained to work in. Meanwhile, I haven’t come across many (actually, … Continue reading Moving Forward in the Era of the Decline of Area Studies & the Humanities
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!!