December 2, 2021

Virtual talk with ethnologist Nguyen Manh Tien about his recent book Khai Nguyen Rong Tien

December 2, 2021, 20:00 – 21:30

Coming to this episode of Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to join the casual chat with ethnologist Nguyen Manh Tien—author of Khai Nguyen Rong Tien (The creation of The Dragon and The Fairy mythical story), which has received great attention from the press and media recently.

Being Vietnamese or interested in Vietnamese history and culture, we are all familiar with the legend of Con Rong Chau Tien (Children of The Fairy and The Dragon)─the founding myth of Vietnam. Nguyen Manh Tien’s ethnographic research approaches the legend of the Fairy and Dragon from the perspective of the collective heritage of Viet-Thai-Muong communities with structural explanations of politics, culture and society running along the length of history. The work takes the reader on a journey of ‘deconstructing the myth’ and opens up discussions about national identity.

As a liberal arts institution with a multi-dimensional perspective, Fulbright University Vietnam is honored to host a discussion with ethnologist Nguyen Manh Tien to see the Fairy Dragon myth under the lens of historical ethnography.

Join this interesting discussion with Fulbright University Vietnam and Ethnologist Nguyen Manh Tien at:

⏰ 8:00 – 9:30 PM on Thursday, December 02, 2021 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)
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The link to join the webinar will be sent to your registered email 24 hours before the event.

Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization.

About the speaker: Nguyen Manh Tien was born in 1983, from the Ban A mountainous area, Thanh Hoa province, currently working at the Institute of Literature, Hanoi. His research focuses on literature and ethnic minorities, publishing research publications in the Understanding Vietnam collection. Before Khai Nguyen Rong Tien, he published the book Nhung Dinh Nui Du Ca – Mot loi tim ve ca tinh nguoi Hmong (The songs from mountain peaks – a way to find the identity of Hmong community) (2014; 2017; 2021) (2017), Song doi cua cho (The market life) (2017). 

Nguyen Manh Tien is one of the few Literature researchers in Vietnam who pursues the ethnographic method. The method requires continuous fieldwork to experience and understand the social interactions of ethnic groups. His works impress the audiences with his fresh ‘from the mountain’ perspective and the depth of his documentation and argument.