The New Việt Nam Studies Initiative at UC Davis promotes research in the sciences and social sciences on contemporary Việt Nam – domestically and internationally – with focus on economic and political development in addition to arts and culture. It will bring together scholars from around the world for collaborative research, symposia, conferences, forums, performances, curricula, and publications, academic programing and activities that look at the reformation of Việt Nam’s cultural political identity as it moves towards having a greater role economically in the world, will draw tremendous interest.
The specific goals of the New Viet Nam Studies Initiative are to:
- Create a virtual space for research, collaboration, and exchanges regarding Viet Nam’s development.
- Organize events that engages multiple disciplines on the most pertinent issues regarding contemporary Viet Nam and its diaspora.
- Host International Symposia and events to: facilitate scholarly inquiries; provide networks for scholars to connect transnationally; and facilitate mentorship opportunities for students.
- Offer Vietnamese language courses to bring in new and deepen current scholarly endeavors. This is done with the anticipation of expanding curriculum that will lead to a minor in Viet Nam Studies then a Viet Nam Studies Group with courses, faculty affiliates, and major.
- Generate publications from the research established to expose to a broader global audience the current scholarship within New Viet Nam Studies.
- Provide a physical space in the form of a Center to facilitate the projects stated above.