Book Project: "Witnessing the Re-invention of Vietnam--A Personal Narratives-based Interpretation of Vietnam's Development Experience and Promise"
In retrospect, even the most dilettantish observation of Vietnam’s development experience since the late 1980s, would subscribe to the view that a miracle-like transformation of its socio-economic settings has unfolded. Fact is that, the country’s major reform of 1986, known as the Doi Moi New Deal, has wiped clean the slate of both, the war legacy and the communist institutional framework, in order to start afresh from liberal market-based tenets with stark aspiration to global integration. Among qualified commentators, the notion of crediting Vietnam's remarkable economic performance and the resulted reduction of poverty to the Doi Moi reforms only suffers little disagreement.
The purpose of this book is not to extol the virtue of the Doi Moi reforms, but rather to reflect and illustrate more empirically on the ways in which its change impetus has infiltrated individuals’ life and affected routine practices in Vietnam. Further, the approach deemed as germane, hence, adopted in this undertaking departs from the rigorous academic discourse--premised on the ‘explanation’ methodology. Instead, this book claims the ‘understanding’ methodology as encapsulated in the narrative genre. In this setting, the contributors will tell distinct personal stories to create meanings about and generate criticism of Vietnam's development experience starting from the Doi Moi inception. The common language and conversation shall therefore gravitate around the following two pillar questions:
• Tell the story about how the change momentum is/was mirrored in your professional occupation and in your everyday’s private life in Vietnam?
• Out of your story, what would you recommend or envision in order to keep track with the achievements or for correcting drawbacks in the Vietnam's development experience?
Both Vietnamese and foreign nationals currently living or who happened to reside in Vietnam, are invited to submit a contribution to this publication project. Please, send your abstract to the email address below. Provide information about your country of origin, your age, your professional occupation and the period of your stay in Vietnam. The deadline for submitting your abstract is April 10, 2009. The book is expected to be printed in late July, 2009
Faculty of International Studies (FIS)
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