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MEETINGS 2013-2015

390th meeting :   "Delta to Delta: the Vietnamese Move South"

Tuesday 12 May 2015.

A talk by Jim Goodman

The Talk:
In the early 15th century the territory of what is today the nation of Vietnam consisted of three distinct parts. The northern half comprised the Vietnamese state of Đai Việt (Great Viet). The land from the Hải Văn Pass in roughly the center of Vietnam down to the Mekong Delta consisted of three Chăm kingdoms—Vijaya, Kauthara and Panduranga. The Khmer-inhabited Mekong Delta was part of Cambodia.
The state and economy of Đai Việt was agricultural, mainly based on the cultivation of rice, grown on lands cleared from ancient Red River Delta swamps and secured by a water-control system of dikes, ditches and canals. Under Chinese occupation and administration for over a millennium prior to recovering its independence in 938, Chinese culture remained dominant afterwards. Confucian ideas governed family and everyday life. The state trained scholars at its national university from 1075 and these became the officials
running the country and following Confucian norms. The construction of Dâu Pagoda in the 2nd century, across the river from Hanoi, heralded the introduction of Mahayana Buddhism. It became the dominant religion of Đai Việt. 

The Speaker:       
I’m American, living in Asia since 1972, based in Chiang Mai since 1988. My commercial work, research, writing and photography have been mostly with ethnic minorities of the region, like the Newars of Bhaktapur, Nepal, Mizos of Northeast India, the Akha in Thailand and the Yi, Naxi, Hani, Mosuo, Lisu and Dai in Yunnan, China, with more recent concentration on Vietnamese history and culture. I have published books in Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, China and Vietnam.

Want to read more? ....click "HERE" (PDF File for downloading or reading on line - 10 pages).

For A compilation of sources about Vietnam available at the École française d'Extrême-Orient library and at my Louis's home ... click "HERE" (PDF File for downloading or reading on line - 212 pages).



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