The International Conference: Vietnam and the Oriental Philosophy and Culture Exchanges

On November 16, Faculty of Literature, the USSH VNU-HCM and Vietnam Institute of Buddhist Studies co-hosted an international conference “Vietnam and the Oriental Cultural Exchanges” on the occasion of USSH VNU-HCM 60th Anniversary (1957-2017).




Prof. Vo Van Sen delivered the opening remarks at the conference. Photo by Viet Thanh.

The conference welcomed delegates from institutes, universities in Hanoi, Danang, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Tien Giang, An Giang, as well as distinguished guests from South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. Besides, representatives from Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute, Vietnam Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoi Pagoda (Binh Duong), Ho Phap Pagoda (Vung Tau City), Phap Bao Pagoda (My Tho City), and Central Committee for Buddhist Nuns also attended the conference.


Speaking at the conference, Prof. Vo Van Sen, President of the USSH VNU-HCM expressed his appreciation to all venerable priests, monks and nuns for their supports in organizing the event. The ties between USSH VNU-HCM and Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute, Vietnam Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ho Chi Minh City will be the foundation for further academic exchanges as well as to hold other 10 local and international conferences in the future.


Three main topics of Vietnam – the Oriental Cultural Exchanges were being discussed during the conference: (1) The exchanges of Vietnam – the Oriental Cultures; (2) Vietnamese Buddhism in the cultural exchanging relationship with the Oriental; (3) Diplomatic and travel poetry in the context of cultural exchanges between Vietnam and the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian countries


Vietnam is located at the crossroads of international exchanges, so from the ancient times, the Vietnamese people have had many cultural exchanges with India and Southeast Asian countries, with China and other East Asian countries. The growth of cultural exchanges varied from differing periods of history. While at the early times of cultural exchanges, Indian cultures with Hinayana peacefully approached Vietnam by southern voyages bringing open and democratic philosophies and altruism, China cultures, on the other hand, made its different movements to Vietnam. According to Prof. vo Van Sen, the interaction with China cultures happened in both normal relations between two countries and in the time of wartime, domination and assimilation.



The conference welcomed delegates from abroad. Photo by Viet Thanh.


From the 16th- 17th century, Vietnam’s diplomatic missions met with other foreign corps such as Goryeo (Korea), Ryuku (Japan), and exchanged in written conversations which boosted the cultural exchanges between nations with the spirit of “within the four seas, all men are brothers”. In the meantime, Vietnam established the diplomatic relations with other Eastern and Western countries (from 18th to 19th century) such as Jakarta (Indonesia), Singapore, Yokohama (Japan) and Régime Républicain en France. The cultural exchanges with those countries were recorded in variety of diplomatic and travel poems and literatures.

The renovation of literature emerged in Saigon – Gia Dinh at the end of the 19th century. Then, it was until 1930s that the popularization of travel literature contributed to that exchange progress as well as the Vietnam’s literature. More and more travel memoirs were published in national language newspapers.    


Prof. Vo Van Sen expressed his thanks to all delegates at the conference, venerable priests, monks and nuns supported the conference. Photo by Viet Thanh


During the conference, the papers presentation along with discussions among scholars brought valuable information with diverse and interdisciplinary approaches, which contribute to the explanation of cultural exchange progress during periods of time. The conference was also an occasion for mutual learning and knowledge sharing between scholars, then aiming to improve the comprehensive and rich cultural philosophy of countries in the Asia.


Assoc. Prof. Ph.D. Doan Le Giang presented the introductory to the conference. Photo by Viet Thanh


77 papers selected among 116 submissions from local and abroad institutes, universities were published in conference proceedings.


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