In this final video in this three-part conversation, we talk about Area Studies in the current age of the global dominance of English. Continue reading Area Studies in a Monolingual (English) World
This video continues the conversation started in the previous post about Southeast Asian Studies. We start by talking about the article “Can There Be Southeast Asians in Southeast Asian Studies?” by Ariel Heryanto and then move on to talk about Orientalism, Decolonization, Baby Boomer Politics and Sympathetic Essentialism.
I’ve been sick recently, but I have a lot of ideas in my head and so I decided to record a video about them.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the field of Southeast Asian Studies, and how it fits (or doesn’t) in the world today. In the process, I came across some articles in Vietnamese online papers about a recent conference on Southeast Asian Studies in Vietnam that was recently held at Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU).
Dr. K. and his friend, the Little Red Monster, respond to a question about the historicity of the idea that Vietnamese history can be characterized as a long history of resistance against foreign aggression/invasion. Continue reading WTXT: Resistance Against Foreign Aggression/Invasion (Chống Ngoại Xâm) Edition
This is a video about a book that was published in South Vietnam in 1974 about the origins of the Vietnamese people. Continue reading Streaming From Saigon: Hoàng Vân Nội’s Migration Theory
Responding to a call from “Jacques from France,” Dr. K. and guest The Midnight Dreamer discuss the question of “Who were the Ngô?” on the WTXT’s Late Night Textual Healing Show. Continue reading Who Were the Ngô?
The above video is a discussion of Nguyễn Đăng Thục’s essay “The Origins of the Vietnamese People,” which was published in either the 1960s or early 1970s by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of State in Charge of Cultural Affairs, Saigon, Vietnam. Continue reading Streaming From Saigon: Nguyễn Đăng Thục on the Indonesian Âu Lạc
In my ongoing effort to experiment with ways in which digital media can enhance the efforts of historians to examine and talk about the past, I am particularly pleased to begin a new series of videos that I will call “Streaming From Saigon.”
The purpose of these videos will be to introduce ideas that were discussed by Vietnamese historians in the 1950s-1970s.
This is a meditation on the “Nam quốc sơn hà,” strangeness in history, Benedict Anderson, language learning, the “Bình Ngô đại cáo,” Soviet soldiers, Tạ Chí Đại Trường, and the questioning of the received/established knowledge of experts. Continue reading Strangeness and History in Vietnam
In this video Trần Trọng Dương talks about the effort of some Vietnamese scholars to interpret the past in ways that they hope will distance Vietnamese culture from Chinese culture.