This listserv might be of interest to some of you. As its website explains, “the Vietnam Studies Group maintains an email discussion list for scholarly topics. The list is unmoderated, but approval is required for subscription.” Members range from professional Vietnam scholars, including some “heavy hitters” who have written seminal works about Vietnam, to journalists, government officials, students and everyone in-between.
The VSG listserv doesn’t touch on education-related issues very often, but there are a lot of other interesting posts about a variety of topics, some quite narrowly focused and esoteric. While I either quickly glance at and/or delete most, you’re sure to find something useful from time to time.
Recent “threads” include Vietnamese studies of Agent Orange and its effects on the Vietnamese population, a link to a Reuters article entitled Vietnam’s capitalist roaders follow China’s trail, the role of defense lawyers in Vietnam, US embassy cable on prospects for new Party leadership, Hanoi: Edgecity, looking for films about the fall of Saigon, what plant is “duong luu”?, and the South China Sea WWW Virtual Library.
A word about the subscribers. While most focus on the topic at hand and and provide helpful responses to requests for information, contacts, etc., some occasionally stray off topic, are prone to ad hominem attacks on colleagues whose positions they oppose, and enjoy engaging in petty tit-for-tat exchanges that are best conducted off-list. Like I said, there’s always the “delete” option.
In spite of their differences in nationality, educational background, ideology, specific area(s) of interest, style, etc., what all listserv members all have in common, what they all share, is a personal and professional interest in Vietnam. If there’s something newsworthy that relates to Vietnam, you’re likely to hear about it first on the VSG listserv.
If you’d like to join, follow this link for more information.