Viet Birds, Nam Sky – Cultural Heritage, Social Rites: Accessing National History, Achieving Human Dreams

Ms Trangdai Tranguyen
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The emergence of the Vietnamese diasporas in the last quarter of the 20th century forges an original and imaginative Vietnam outside of the nation’s geo-political territory. The nascent and extant interactions between the domestic and diasporic contingents – in accord with entrenched nationhood, cultural exchanges, economic partnership, multi-faceted investments, and social linkages – summon forth the inherent potential and abiding challenges of socio-economic progress and ethnic solidarity.

Sustainable development in today’s Vietnam necessitates a holistic journey across the Vietnamese passage in the last century, unearthing critical chronology and conditions that gather and/or divide Viet birds in their own ancestral forests or newly established nests. The first-hand narratives that span continents and centuries are testimonials to the traumatic personal past, shedding light onto Vietnamese exiles/refugees/immigrants’ struggles for a better life in the host countries and their unfailing resolve to assist their counterparts at home.

With Vietnamese worldwide aptitudes in all disciplines and sectors at the top levels, transferring such assets to benefit the disadvantaged in the birth country has always been a most-debated and endeavored concern. The paper will strive to formulate thoughts for a preliminary answer to the following question: How could ethnic Vietnamese in North America, Europe, and Vietnam optimize their cultural heritage and social rites for an aspired common dream, that is, a socially, culturally, and economically prosperous and progressive Vietnam?

Keywords: Vietnamese Fellowship, Cultural Heritage, Social Rites, Viet Birds, National History, Human Dreams, Self-cultivation, Self-reliance, Collective Consciousness, Contemporary Vietnam and Vietnamese Diasporas
Stream: Cultural Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Ms Trangdai Tranguyen

Stanford University

Ref: S06P0186