Scientific workshop: “Southern Culture – Theoretical Issues and Practice” at Tra Vinh University


TVU – On August 26th, Tra Vinh University organizes a scientific workshop with the theme “Southern Culture – Theoretical Issues and Practice.”

The guest speakers include Dr. Nguyen Thanh Luan, Deputy Director of the Information and Communication Department of Tra Vinh Province, Venerable Dr. Danh Lung, Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Ho Chi Minh City, Institute of Theravada Khmer Buddhist Studies, Dr. Ta Duy Linh, Director of the Institute for Economic and Tourism Development Research, Dr. Duong Hoang Loc, Director of the Center for Religious and Ethical Studies, as well as scientists, experts, researchers, and interested participants.

There are Dr. Thach Thi Dan, Vice-Rector; Dr. Lieu Thanh Tam, Vice-Rector of the School of Southern Khmer Language – Culture – Arts and Humanities, Tra Vinh University; Dr. Mai My Duyen, an expert from Tra Vinh University; representatives from various departments and faculties of the university, along with staff and lecturers from the School of Southern Khmer Language – Culture – Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Thach Thi Dan, Vice-Rector of TVU, states that the Southern is characterized by diverse cultural elements, contributing to the rich and diverse overall culture of Vietnam. In the context of globalization and international integration, there is a need for new perspectives and methods to thoroughly explore the cultural characteristics and values of Vietnam, especially the culture of the Southern.

The Vice-Rector acknowledges and appreciates the contributions of scientists, experts, researchers, and participants who share and discuss research topics related to Southern culture. This is a valuable opportunity for lecturers and students of Tra Vinh University to excel in their research tasks and contribute to preserving and promoting the cultural values of Vietnam.

During the workshop, researchers present analyses of the cultural characteristics of various ethnic groups, the role of cultural heritage in the community, and how these factors contribute to the development of Southern culture in contemporary society.

Participants engage in discussions, study the values of cultural heritage for preservation and dissemination, analyze existing cultural symbols in the Southern cultural context, and conduct research on Khmer culture.

Mr. Nguyen Van Phuc’s research on Vietnamese-Khmer culture through residency, housing, and mobility in Tra Vinh demonstrates changes in the living conditions, housing, and mobility of both Vietnamese and Khmer communities in Tra Vinh. These two ethnic groups are undergoing material and spiritual changes and gradually blending together in a region that seems to be forming similar cultural traits.

Dr. Tang Van Thon, a lecturer at Tra Vinh University, provides a specific analysis of the Khmer people’s beliefs regarding marriage customs. Particularly, he explores the roles of men and women in the family, highlighting how education has become a tradition for men, who are seen as the pillars of the family, while women fulfill their roles as mothers and daughters, taking care of the family.

Dr. Mai My Duyen, an expert at Tra Vinh University, highly praises the research papers presented during the workshop. Out of the 50 papers submitted, the organizing committee selected four papers that were deemed practical and closely related to Southern culture. These papers revolve around religious beliefs and festivals, cultural heritage, arts, and tourism, as well as the exchange of various cultures in the development process. Through this workshop, experts, researchers, and students gain profound insights into Southern culture, paving the way for future research.

Dr. Lieu Thanh Tam, Vice-Rector of the School of Southern Khmer Language – Culture – Arts and Humanities (TVU), emphasizes the importance of continuing research on the Southern cultural aspects.

This scientific workshop is essential for sustainable development, highlighting Tra Vinh University’s pioneering role in connecting managers, scientists, experts, lecturers, students, and the community to promote research and education that aligns with practical needs and aims for sustainable development.