Hy Van Luong

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute






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Hy V. Luong (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. He is interested in the interplay of discourse, social structure, political economy, and in East and Mainland Southeast Asia (especially Vietnam). He has regularly conducted fieldwork in Vietnam since 1987. Luong’s current projects in Vietnam focus on discourse, gender, political economy, gifts and social capital, and sociocultural transformation in rural and urbanizing communities in the northern and southern parts of Vietnam.

Selected Publications

“Social Capital Configuration Variation and the Contemporary Transformation of Rural Vietnam,” Pacific Affairs Vol 91 (2): 283-307. (2018)

“The Changing Configuration of Rural-Urban Migration and Remittance Flow in Vietnam,” Sojourn Vol. 33 (3): 602-646. Free downloading at (https://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/publication/2352) (2018)

“A Mobile Trading Network from Central Coastal Vietnam: Growth, Social Network, and Gender,” in Traders in Motion, ed. Kirsten Endres and Ann-Marie Leshkowich, pp. 89-104. Ithaca: Cornell University Southeast Asian Program Monograph. (2018)

“The Reconstruction of Heritage in Rural Vietnam,” in Citizens, Civil Society and Heritage-Making in Asiaed. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Hui Yew-Foong, and Philippe Peycam, pp. 86-113. Singapore and Leiden: ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, International Institute of Asian Studies, and Academia Sinica. (2017)

“Social Relations, Regional Variation, and Economic Inequality in Contemporary Vietnam: A View from Two Rural Vietnamese Communities,” in Connected and Disconnected in Vietnam, edited by Philip Taylor, pp. 41-72. Canberra: Australian National University Press. (2016)

“Gender Relations in Vietnam: Ideologies, Kinship Practices, and Political Economy,” in Weaving Women’s Spheres in Vietnamedited by Kato Atsufumi, pp. 25-56. Leiden and Boston: Brill. (2016)

 “Thương thảo để tái lập và sáng tạo “truyển thống”: Tiến trình tái cấu trúc lễ hội cộng đồng tại một làng Bắc bộ” (Negotiation to Re-establish and to Invent “Tradition”: The Re-structuring of Community Festival in a North Vietnamese Village), by Hy V. Luong and Trương Huyền Chi in Những thành tựu nghiên cứu bước đầu của Khoa Nhân học, edited by the Department of Anthropology, National University of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, pp. 235-279. Ho Chi Minh City: National University of Ho Chi Minh City Press (2012)

The Dynamics of Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Asia (co-edited with Amrita Daniere, Routledge, 2012)

“Multiple Narratives on Migration in Vietnam and Their Methodological Implications” in Wind Over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context, edited by David Haines, Keiko Yamanaka, and Shinji Yamashita, pp. 107-124. New York: Berghan (2012).

Tradition, Revolution, and Market Economy in a North Vietnamese Village, 1925-2006(University of Hawaii Press, 2010)

Urbanization, Migration, and Poverty in a Vietnamese Metropolis: Ho Chi Minh City in Comparative Perspectives (Luong as editor and author/senior co-author of 9 chapters, National University of Singapore Press, 2009).

“Rural-to-Urban Migration in Vietnam: A Tale of Three Regions” in Post-Transitional Vietnamese Families: The Legacy of Doi moi, edited by D. Belanger and M. Barbieri, pp. 391-420. Stanford: Stanford University Press (2008).

“The Restructuring of Vietnamese Nationalism, 1954-2006″ Pacific Affairs LXXX (3): 439-453 (2007, Holland Prize from Pacific Affairs).

“Structure, Practice, and History: Contemporary Anthropological Research on Vietnam”Journal of Vietnamese Studies I: 371-410 (invited review article on the anthropology of Vietnam, 2006).

Postwar Vietnam: The Dynamics of a Transforming Society (Luong as editor, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).

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