On 16th June 2017, the group exhibition named “Touch, Untouch and Retouch” was organized in Center of The Old Quater's Culture Exchange, 50 Dao Duy Tu, Hanoi. This exhibition was an opportunity bringing different perspectives of cultures, beliefs and lifestyles together, with the purpose to enhance rights and voices of ethnic minority people, and promote indigenous knowledge which is gradually forgotten.
On 24th May 2017, the conference and exhibition of co-research with community in the project “Rights and Voices of Ethnic Minority Women” was organized in Bac Kan province. This event had the participation of 13 community research teams from Phuc Loc and Banh Trach commune, iSEE institute, CARE in Vietnam, other local authorities and social organizations. Ethnic minority women of research teams raised their voices about their proposal and solutions to problems in community based on findings from the research.
Following the success of “I believe I can 2015”, the event series “I believe I can 2016: Indigenous knowledge – Spring of life” drew mass attention on 11th and 13th of December. The objectives this year is to honor cultural diversity, indigenous knowledge and to promote the understanding, respect as well as equality among ethnic groups. Especially, ethnic minority representatives from 15 different groups are key members of committee of organizing.
The project ‘enhancing the participation and voice of ethnic minority women’ in Bắc Kạn province, used collaborative research methods to enhance the strengths and voices of local Tày, Dao and Hmông women. Collaborate research methods allowed these women to identify local problems and decide on which ones to research, with the objective of presenting their research to state agencies and mobilize those and social organizations to resolve their problems.
From September 11th to September 14th, 2015, Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) together with Center for Community Empowerment (CECEM) held a training course called, "I Choose", for ethnic minorities from all over Vietnam. Together we also prepared for the "I Believe I Can" event held on September 16th, 2015.
From June 2015 to January 2016, Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment in collaboration with Plan International Organization has been carrying out “Actions for female Hmong children” project, which has received participation from twelve Hmong college students studying in Ha Noi and twenty-five secondary school students in Meo Vac, Ha Giang, The twelve Hmong college student group named themselves “Action for Hmong Development”. Within the project, this group implements media products about their topic of interests with support from iSEE and its partners. Below is an article by Lo Thuy Dung, group member, written after group’s Communication Training at iSEE last August. From June 2015 to January 2016, Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment in collaboration with Plan International Organization has been carrying out “Actions for female Hmong children” project, which has received participation from twelve Hmong college students studying in Ha Noi and twenty-five secondary school students in Meo Vac, Ha Giang, The twelve Hmong college student group named themselves “Action for Hmong Development”. Within the project, this group implements media products about their topic of interests with support from iSEE and its partners. Below is an article by Lo Thuy Dung, group member, written after group’s Communication Training at iSEE last August.
On the occasion of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups' Culture Day on April 19, representatives from many ethnic minority groups have come to Hanoi to organize a colloquy, where initiatives about community development are presented. They also became the center of the “I am Vietnamese” exhibition. The event was supported by The Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (abbr. iSEE) and Ethnic Minorities Working Group (abbr. EMWG).
Changing the way ethnic minorities perceive and understand their local customs and traditions by giving them the appropriate know-how and methods, many projects have helped minority groups to value and protect their cultures so that they can be passed on to future generations.
In the morning of December 12th, 2014, iSEE and Lao Cai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism jointly held the workshop “Hmong Script in Vietnam: The situation of using, dissemination and its role in ethnic cultural identity conservation and development” in the city of Lao Cai. The workshop welcomed a large amount of participants who are researchers, staffs from central and local management agencies working in the field of ethnic minorities and people interested in Hmong script.
According to the linguists and the evaluation of many Hmong people in Vietnam, Romanized Popular Alphabet (abbr. RPA) is simple, easy to learn, precisely transcribed from Hmong and can be used among all branches of Hmong. Due to these advantages, RPA has become common in almost all Hmong communities in Vietnam. However, because of “sensitive” reasons, this letter set has not been acknowledged, causing obstacles during the process of learning and using of the Hmong ethnic.
You are invited by the Institute of Anthropology (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences), the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment and Department of Anthropology (University of Social Sciences and Humanities) to attend the conference “Co-research: Applying Anthropology in Ethnic Minority Development in Vietnam”.
The Institute of Anthropology, the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment, Department of Anthropology – University of Social Sciences and Humanities cordially invite you to the “Community Research: Applying Anthropology to the Development of Vietnam’s Ethnic Minorities” Conference. This conference aims to create an open forum for scientists, lawmakers and social workers to share findings, ideas and solutions regarding the approaches to anthropology and community research for the development of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, as well as discussing on the application of anthropology in the future.
On 18/08/2014, a representative from iSEE shared with 30 other representatives from organizations working on ethnic minority on the topic of “Representativeness and the insider’s voice”. The speech focused on the importance of community organizations working for their rights, as well as their advantages and difficulties. It was a part of the exchange forum on issues regarding ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), the Institute of Anthropology (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) and the Department of Anthropology (University of Social Sciences and Humanities) would like to invite proposals for paper presentations and/or posters/exhibits for the conference “Co-research: Applying Anthropology in Ethnic Minority Development in Vietnam”
“Study – Play – Do” is a discussion of 15 children of ethnic minorities and related parties in 5th October, 2015, which is a side event of ‘‘Hey friends! Listen up’’ exhibition. The exhibition was opened in the same day with 120 photos and racy stories by 49 children of H’mong, M’nong, Cham and Raglai ethnic minorities under the support of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE) and Oxfam in Vietnam. Mr Le Quang Binh, iSEE’s Director has made a speech on the seminar.
“Tớ kể bạn nghe” (Hey friends! Listen up) exhibition of 120 pictures and special stories taken and told by ethnic minority children was opened in the afternoon of May 30th, 2014 in Hanoi. The exhibition was carried out by 49 children who were at 4th grade to 8th grade from H’mong, M’nong, Cham and Raglai with the support of iSEE and Oxfam in Vietnam, occurred from 30/5 to 15/6/2014 at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
An exhibition to help ethnic minority children raise their voice The exhibition TỚ KỂ BẠN NGHE - HEY FRIENDS! LISTEN UP is a part of a photovoice project by iSEE and Oxfam in Vietnam to help children of ethnic minority groups raise their voice. The exhibition showcases 120 of the best images from 49 students of H’Mong, M’Nong, Raglai and Cham origins from 3 provinces Lao Cai, Dak Nong and Ninh Thuan, capturing the beauty of their everyday life. Each photograph is a short, genuine and emotional story helping viewers flash back to their own childhood. More interestingly, through these photographs and stories of school, community, family and friends, you will gain a better understanding of the way these children are viewing their surrounding world.
The inhabitants of two villages in Dak Lak have been doing the research in a recent PhotoVoice project. This is one of the ways to do co-research which is an ideal way to empower ethnic minorities. On April 15 a workshop and an exhibition will present the results.
49 children, 4 ethnic minorities, 3 provinces. This is the foundation of a recent photo project that iSEE is working on.
For Poverty Reduction Session of Vietnam Development Partnership Forum 2013. Your Excellency Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Chairs , and distinguished guests.