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Scholars discuss SEA's transient peoples

Update: December, 19/2014 - 08:51
Participants also talked in depth about the livelihoods of ethnic minorities living in areas bordering China, in particular, the northern mountainous province of Lang Son. — Photo citinews

HA NOI (VNS) — Scientists from around the world came to Ha Noi to attend a workshop yesterday to discuss "Ethnographic approaches to cross-border livelihoods" in Southeast Asia.

The event facilitated scholarly discussions weighing comparative approaches to the study of cross-border flows of commodities and people in mainland Southeast Asia. The research delves into exploring the connection of these transient people to borderlands and their role in connecting border regions to wider national and trans-national areas.

To Xuan Phuc, a researcher from the Australian National University (ANU), explained that Viet Nam has served as a transit hub for farm produce, workforce and capital within the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Participants also talked in depth about the livelihoods of ethnic minorities living in areas bordering China, in particular, the northern mountainous province of Lang Son.

The significance of cross-border social networks in Bru-Van Kieu ethnic minority areas in central Viet Nam was also up for discussion.

The event was co-hosted by the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies of the Viet Nam National University Ha Noi and the ANU. — VNS

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