Nam Nguyen

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vietnam
    • Intellectual Exchange
  • The Asia Center Fellowship Program
  • Grant Year: Fiscal Year 2018
Duration
June 01, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Country of Activity
Japan

A TREASURE LONG FORGOTTEN: Arthur Chéon’s Cours de Chữ Nôm Rediscovered at Keiō University and How to Study It

This research project is the first of its type as it is based on a newly-discovered, unique material. It also has a new focus on often overlooked French resources relevant to Vietnam during the colonial period. The project shows that the French colonial language policy had significant impacts on the teaching and learning of the Vietnamese language by means of a multi-script method. Located in such contexts, Chéon’s Cours de chữ Nôm stands out not only as the first Nôm textbook written on the foundation of modern linguistics, but also as a rich source that allows its readers to better understand Vietnam from cultural, literary, historical, and anthropological perspectives.

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