A MAN OF THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS: THE WORKS OF NGUYỄN NGỌC ẨN

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Nakamura Rie

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This is a paper on the artistic works of artist Nguyễn Ngọc Ẩn. He was born and has been living in Kon Tum, a city of the central highlands of Vietnam. The Kon Tum province has two borders with the neighboring countries of Cambodia and Laos. The northern part of the province has higher mountains and Kon Tum city is 525 meters from sea level. The city of Kon Tum was established by the French missionaries, Missions Etrangeres de Paris in the mid-19th century (Hickey, 1982a, pp. 190-197). An old wooden church and a mission built between 1913 and 1918 are still in use. The main followers of the Catholic Church in Kon Tum are people of the Bana ethnic group. Nguyễn Ngọc Ẩn is a member of the Art Association of Vietnam (Hội Mỹ thuật Việt Nam) and an owner of a well-known garden café called Eva Café in Kon Tum, where he installs his art works. He also organizes special trips for tourists to get to know the society of the Bana ethnic minority. This paper is an endeavor to understand Ẩn’s identity as “a man of the Highlands” which is reflected in his art works.

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RIE, Nakamura. A MAN OF THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS: THE WORKS OF NGUYỄN NGỌC ẨN. JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 19, p. 189-202, dec. 2014. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <https://jati.um.edu.my/article/view/5492>. Date accessed: 20 july 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.22452/jati.vol19no1.12.
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