Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (the South China Sea) in History – 10/11/2015

[ndlr] Annonce d’un séminaire à New York sur l’histoire du commerce en Mer de Chine méridionale.

New York (November 10th, 2015).

The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education ( IVCE) is pleased to announce a seminar on Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (the South China Sea) in History.

Topic I: Archaeological finds in the Biển Đông Sea (otherwise called the South China Sea), and historical documents found in the archives of Vietnam, Japan, China and Western countries reveal the important role of the Biển Đông Sea and Vietnam in the maritime trade network of the world between the Xth and the XXth centuries, especially in the Grand Commercial Era of world (XVIth to XVIIIth centuries). Vietnam is located on the vast western continental shelves running lengthwise along the Biển Đông Sea, where a series of harbors were convenient for the trade ships of international merchants to dock and do business since the XIth century. Vietnam also possessed and frequented several archipelagoes in the Biển Đông Sea, including the Paracels (quần đảo Hoàng Sa) and the Spratlys (quần đảo Trường Sa), that lie on these busy trade routes. Presented by Dr. Trần Đức Anh Sơn.

Topic II: State regulations on foreign maritime trade areas and merchants and state expeditions to archipelagos in the Biển Đông Sea (the South China Sea) under the various dynasties, from the Lý, Trần to the Lê and Nguyễn, in Vietnam (Xth to XXth centuries). The legal and general historical documents, such as: Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư [Complete Annals of Đại Việt], Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mục [Comprehensive Annals of Vietnam as Ordered by the King], Lê triều chiếu lệnh thiện chính [The Book on Good Government of the Lê Dynasty], Phủ biên tạp lục [Miscellaneous Chronicles of the Pacified Frontier] show how foreign trade areas were established and foreign merchants’ movements regulated. Besides promoting foreign trade, the State also made itself present in the Biển Đông Sea by launching state expeditions to the Paracels (quần đảo Hoàng Sa) and Spratlys (quần đảo Trường Sa) for salvage and asserting sovereignty. Presented by Dr. Tạ Văn Tài.

 TranDucAnhSon  Dr. Trần Đức Anh Sơn, Ph.D. in History (Vietnam National University in Hanoi, 2002) was awarded scholarships to study on museology, archaeology, history of art and management of cultural heritage in Japan, Korea and Germany. Dr. Trần Đức Anh Sơn is the author of several research books, including Blue and White porcelain of Huế – Some Academic Exchanges (ed.), Thuận Hóa in Huế 1997; Sino-Vietnamese Porcelain in the Nguyễn Period, Vietnam National University in Hanoi, 2008; Documents on Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracels, Văn hóa-Văn nghệ in HCMC, 2014; Ship and Shipbuilding in Vietnam in the Nguyễn Dynasty, Văn hóa-Văn nghệ in HCMC, 2014. He is currently a Vice-Director of Danang Institute for Socio-Economic Development and a Fulbright visiting scholar at Yale University.
 TaVanTai Dr. Ta Van Tai, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), LL.M. (Harvard Law School), was former professor of law and lawyer in South Vietnam prior to 1975, former research associate and lecturer at Harvard Law School, and is a practicing attorney in Massachusetts, USA. His publications include, among others, The Vietnamese Tradition of Human Rights, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California-Berkeley, 1988; with co-author Nguyen Ngoc Huy, The Lê Code: Law in Traditional Vietnam, 3 Vols., Ohio University Press, 1987; The Rule of Law in 19th Century Vietnam and China, Chapter in Histoire de la Codification Juridique au Vietnam, ed. by Bernard Durand et. al., Faculty of Law of Montpellier University, February 2001; U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Winter 2001; with co-authors Thanh Trai and Sesto Vecchi, Doing Business in Vietnam, Vietnam Council on Foreign Relations, Saigon, Vietnam 1970 and 1974; Ethnic Minorities’ Rights in Old Vietnam in Vietnam Forum, Yale University, March 1984 and May 1985; Confucianism: Rule by Law and Rule of Law, The Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, co-sponsored by Vietnam and the Harvard-Yenching Institute, 2007; published also in the Vietnam Social Sciences Journal, Nos. 1 and 3, 2009. His awards include: Fulbright, then U.S. Agency for International Development, Asia Foundation, Ford Foundation and Aspen Institute. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America.

Place: Hamilton 309, Columbia University.
Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2015. 8.00 – 9.00pm: Seminar
9.00 – 9.30pm: Documentary on Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (South China Sea)
Contact: Ngoc Le-Cascarino,
Sponsor: Columbia VSA, Weatherhead East Asian Institute and IVCE.

Place: Terrace Room, Paige Hall, Tufts University.
Time: Friday, November 13th, 2015. 7 – 8pm: Seminar
8 – 8.30pm: Documentary on Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (South China Sea)
Contact: Trang Nguyen,
Sponsor: Tufts Vietnamese Students Club, Tufts International Relations Department and IVCE.

Source : VSG.

Image “à la une” : illustration de l’ouvrage : Trần, Đức Anh Sơn & Vũ, Hữu San, Ngành đóng thuyền và tàu thuyền ở Việt Nam thời Nguyễn : phụ lục đôi nét về hàng hải nước Việt xưa, TP. Hồ Chí Minh : Nhà xuất bản Văn hóa-văn nghệ, 2014.

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