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How has the global financial crisis impacted Vietnam? Global issues and local perspectives

Colloquium with Dr. Angelica Wehrli, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Photo by Angelica Wehrli, Ha Noi, Vietnam, November 2, 2010.

This talk will examine if and how the global financial crisis has affected the “rising dragon,” as Vietnam is often being called. The nature of this crisis is not entirely new, and numerous comparisons have already been drawn: for example, the crisis is compared to the Great Depression that began in 1929, the Oil-Crisis of 1973, or the Asian crisis of 1997-1998.

In order to find out who has been affected by the financial crisis and in which way, data from the macro- and the micro-perspective will be discussed. To this end, social anthropological data on household economies obtained between 2004 and 2010 in Northern Vietnam will make evident how the owners of private large, medium and small sized businesses as well as households which operate without a license in the informal sector experienced the financial crisis. Thanks to the time span of seven years the pre- and post-crisis situation at the local level is recorded which facilitates comparison.

Angelica Wehrli is a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, coming from the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland where she is an associated researcher. At the IRD, UMR 201 in Paris I – Sorbonne, France she is also associated as a researcher. Her main interest is in (post-)socialist societies (especially Cuba and Vietnam), processes of socio-economic change, gender, migration, religion as well as urbanization. She carried out in-depth research in Havana, Cuba intermittently between 2000 and 2006 for her M.A. and PhD theses. In Vietnam she conducted longitudinal field research in Nam Dinh City and Hanoi between 2004 and 2010. While at UCLA she will be pursuing research on the topic "(Re)challenging norms and values in (post)-socialist Vietnam: decision making strategies within the hô (household) and beyond."

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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