2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Interdisciplinary

The Culturalization of Vietnam through Religion and Music: From Origination to the End of French Rule
Thu T. Nguyen
Prof. Shirley McKamie, Faculty Mentor

Vietnam has been stigmatized by the political aftermath of the Vietnam War. Because of this, it often seems that the Vietnamese people have been left without a real identity, a cultural identity separate from the War. This research seeks to combat stereotypes in regard to contemporary perceptions of Vietnam and its people. Through considering the country’s ancient history, starting with Vietnamese accounts of its creation and moving to the end of French rule in the mid-twentieth century, it becomes apparent that there has been significant cultural influence from many different countries. Due to this, Vietnam has become culturally diverse, embracing a multitude of religions, some with quite similar musical practices, as well as others that are strikingly different. Interestingly, Vietnam boasts an ancient, unique musical instrument, found only in that country. An overview of the culturalization of Vietnam is helpful in understanding and appreciating the beauty of its diversity.

Keywords: Vietnam, religion, music, Vietnam War, cultural, stereotypes, diversity, history

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 51-3
Location: OP 2111
Time: 4:15

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