Hy Van Luong

Professor, Department of Anthropology






Room 264S, 1 Devonshire Place


Hy V. Luong (Ph.D., Harvard University) is currently Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Collaborative Master’s Degree Program in Asia-Pacific Studies. 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:

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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