Southeast Asian Studies in Vietnam: Objective and Approach

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Pham Duc Dong


Over the last 20 years, since the founding of the SEA Studies Institute (1973-1993), we have step by step determined the objectives of the SEA studies in Vietnam and got a general, comprehensive view through a multi-branch and inter-branch approach, within a general research institute in terms of subjects and organizational structure.  We believe that the objective of the SEA Studies as a regional research is the examination of the whole region of SEA in its diachronic and synchronic relations as well as in its relations in space and time. (1) SEA is a historical and cultural region an entity born of a particular natural and social-ecological environment and existing from prehistory to this day. (2) With this common historical and cultural background today, SEA is a modern developed strategic composed of 10 independent nations with different socio-political systems: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Brunei. In this field, the various branches of social science will make researchers as main motive forces. 


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DUC DONG, Pham. Southeast Asian Studies in Vietnam: Objective and Approach. JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 5, p. 118-139, dec. 2000. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 may 2019.