meeting : "Delta to Delta: the Vietnamese Move South"
talk by Jim Goodman
early 15th century the territory of what is today the nation of Vietnam
consisted of three distinct parts. The northern half comprised the
Vietnamese state of Đai Việt (Great Viet). The land from the Hải Văn
Pass in roughly the center of Vietnam down to the Mekong Delta
consisted of three Chăm kingdoms—Vijaya, Kauthara and Panduranga. The
Khmer-inhabited Mekong Delta was part of Cambodia.
The state and
economy of Đai Việt was agricultural, mainly based on the cultivation
of rice, grown on lands cleared from ancient Red River Delta swamps and
secured by a water-control system of dikes, ditches and canals. Under
Chinese occupation and administration for over a millennium prior to
recovering its independence in 938, Chinese culture remained dominant
afterwards. Confucian ideas governed family and everyday life. The
state trained scholars at its national university from 1075 and these
became the officials
running the country and following Confucian
norms. The construction of Dâu Pagoda in the 2nd century, across the
river from Hanoi, heralded the introduction of Mahayana Buddhism. It
became the dominant religion of Đai Việt.
American, living in Asia since 1972, based in Chiang Mai since 1988. My
commercial work, research, writing and photography have been mostly
with ethnic minorities of the region, like the Newars of Bhaktapur,
Nepal, Mizos of Northeast India, the Akha in Thailand and the Yi, Naxi,
Hani, Mosuo, Lisu and Dai in Yunnan, China, with more recent
concentration on Vietnamese history and culture. I have published books
in Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, China and Vietnam.
Want to read more?
(PDF File for downloading or reading on line - 10 pages).
For A compilation of sources about Vietnam available at the École française d'Extrême-Orient library and at my Louis's home
... click "HERE"
(PDF File for downloading or reading on line - 212 pages).