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The Newsletter 73 Spring 2016

The Newsletter 73 Spring 2016

Producing & living the city in Vietnam

After decades of de-urbanisation under the socialist economic regime, urban growth is now exploding in Vietnam: the country’s urban population has doubled since 1980. This Focus offers a fresh perspective on the production of urban forms, the reconfiguration of local governance, and the renegotiation of daily practices, mainly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Our intention is not only to highlight the path-breaking transformations taking place in today’s Vietnam, but also to contribute to the ‘Asianisation’ of urban studies’ paradigms through grounded analysis and interpretation, based on extensive fieldwork conducted with local colleagues in Vietnamese cities and neighbourhoods.


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3.......... From the Editor download PDF

The Study

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Recent forms of social contestation with regard to land tenure in Cambodia 
By Frédéric Bourdier
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Shifting Ground? State and market in the uplands of Northeast India
By Erik de Maaker, Dolly Kikon & Sanjay Barbora
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From hyper-capitals to shadow capitals: An archipelago of Korean capital cities
By Valérie Gelézeau
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Sri Mariamman worship in the Gulf of Thailand
By William Noseworthy
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Cultivating Orientalism
By Stephen McDowall
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Dialogues with memory: three conversations on heritage
By Surajit Sarkar
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Bollywood dreams: far beyond Indian shores
By Roshni Sengupta
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The Region
The following articles come from ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC). The ASC is devoted to research on issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. ASC conducts studies and provides inputs and ideas to ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat on issues and events that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses, especially those pertinent to building the ASEAN Community.


Five facts about the ASEAN Economic Community
By Sanchita Basu Das
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The ASEAN chairmanship: duties, obligations and challenges
By Tang Siew Mun
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ASEAN’s transboundary issues: a hazy lining to regional solutions?
By Moe Thuzar
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The Adspace

20 - 21 Publications, events and calls for papers download PDF

The Review


Dharavi, Mumbai: a special slum?
By Hans Schenk
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How popular culture defines identity
By Patrick Vanden Berghe
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The making of India’s modernity
By Nitin Sinha
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The making of Mongolian Buddhism
By Simon Wickhamsmith
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Public space in urban Asia
By Sander Holsgens
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Human Trafficking in Colonial Vietnam
By Christina Firpo
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The Focus: Producing & living the city in Vietnam

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Engaging with the urban field in Vietnam: crossing approaches
By Marie Gibert, Clément Musil, Emmanuelle Peyvel & Juliette Segard
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Understanding the Vietnamese urban fabric from the inside: a view from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City alleyway neighbourhoods
By Marie Gibert & Phạm Thái Sơn
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Filling the urban transport infrastructure gap: the challenge of building mass rapid transit systems
By Clément Musil & Vương Khánh Toàn
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The production of the city: reshaping state-society relation 
By Juliette Segard
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Migrant workers in suburban HCMC: towards an emergent autonomous activism?
By Trần Khắc Minh
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Tourism, urbanisation and globalisation in Vietnam
By Emmanuelle Peyvel & Võ Sáng Xuân Lan
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Drafting and implementing urban heritage preservation policies: a ‘trial and error’ approach for Ho Chi Minh City
By Clément Musil
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Worshipping ancestors in a peri-urban context
By Ngô Thị Thu Trang
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Wedding gift-giving: a glimpse on evolving sociability practices
By Emmanuel Pannier
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The Network


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IIAS Announcements

  • Winner of the 2015 IIAS National Master’s Thesis Prize in Asian Studies
  • IIAS welcomes Professor Cheng-tian Kuo, latest incumbent of the Taiwan Chair of Chinese Studies 
  • New religious nationalism in Chinese societies
  • East Asian video frames: shades of urbanization
  • Language, power & identity in Asia: creating & crossing language boundaries
  • Heritage as aid & diplomacy in Asia
  • Indian medicine:between state & village
  • City & society: the care of the self

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Researching brokerage with visual methods - turning development into a category of practice
By Nora Wildenauer
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In Memoriam: Mario Rutten, Colleague-supervisor-friend
By Michiel Baas
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IIAS Reports
Towards an autonomous academic Africa-Asia framework by Philippe Peycam (IIAS Director)

Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean world by Mahmood Kooria & Sanne Ravensbergen

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New perspectives on late Tang maritime trade? by Roderick Orlina & Eva Stroeber

An Asianist’s eye on the digital by Jacqueline Hicks


Special feature: The Alumnus
By Nirajan Kafle
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54 - 55... IIAS Fellowship Programme download PDF
In the spotlight: Daniela De Simone & Minna Valjakka

The Portrait


Journey to Dunhuang: Buddhist art of the Silk Road caves
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