Viet Nam: Tradition and Change

Viet Nam: Tradition and Change

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Named a Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Title for 2017

During his twenty-year tenure as a columnist for Việt Nam News, Hà Nội's English-language newspaper, Hữu Ngọc charmed and invigorated an international readership hungry for straightforward but elegant entrees into understanding Vietnamese culture. The essays were originally collected in the massive Wandering through Vietnamese Culture. With Viet Nam: Tradition and Change, Ohio University Press presents a selection from these many treasures, which are perfectly suited to students of Vietnamese culture and travelers seeking an introduction to the country’s rich history, culture, and daily life.

With extraordinary linguistic ability and a prodigious memory, Hữu Ngọc is among Việt Nam’s keenest observers of and writers about traditional Vietnamese culture and recent history. The author’s central theme—that all tradition is change through acculturation—twines through each of the book’s ten sections, which contain Hữu Ngọc’s ideas on Vietnamese religion, literature, history, exemplary figures, and more. Taken on its own, each brief essay is an engaging discussion of key elements of Vietnamese culture and the history of an issue confronting Việt Nam today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896804937
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Series: Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series , #128
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Hữu Ngọc (1918–) is retired director of Việt Nam’s foreign languages publishing house and editor of Vietnamese Studies, Hà Nội's semi-scholarly quarterly published since 1964. His Sunday newspaper columns remain reader favorites. During the past twenty years, Hữu Ngọc’s lecture, “3,000 Years of Vietnamese History in One Hour,” has entranced 20,000 foreign visitors to Việt Nam.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction The Vietnamese Identity The Four Facets of Vietnamese Culture Việt Nam’s Confucian Heritage Buddhism in Việt Nam Exemplary Vietnamese Vietnamese Literature: An Expression of the Nation’s Spirit Vietnamese Landscape and the Vietnamese Spirit Vietnamese Women and Change Đổi Mới (Renovation or Renewal) and Globalization Appendices Vietnamese A Chronology of Vietnamese History Henri Oger’s Mechanics and Craftsof the Vietnamese People (1909):Sketches of Hanoians’ Vibrant Life Oger Drawings Index

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