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Li Tana: Imperial Rice Transportation of Nguyen Vietnam – Singapore, 1 November 2017

[ndlr] Conférence de Li Tana.



Imperial Rice Transportation of Nguyen Vietnam


Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room 2

About the Lecture

In the first volume of his monumental work Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, Victor Lieberman compared three geographically-based regions of Mainland Southeast Asia, namely the western, the central and the eastern mainland. Lieberman saw coherence in the three regions in that they were all politically and culturally integrated as the result of a series of synchronised cycles between 1000 and 1830. The major difference between Vietnam and its two neighbouring regions, in Lieberman’s analysis, was that Vietnam’s integration was neither as complete or sustained at the same level as achieved by Burma and Siam, even as late as the 19th century Nguyen dynasty (from 1802). Instead of three sustained imperial integrations, he saw two and a fraction. Geography was an important factor. Vietnam lacked one dominant, integrating river system like the Irrawaddy (2170 km long) in Burma or Chao Phraya (372 km long) in Thailand. Yet it did have one geographical feature which might have played a compensatory role in integration, a 3260 km coast line. Moreover, early 19th century Vietnam had a long maritime tradition and a powerful navy, plus close commercial relations with southern China. Why did these potential positives fail to promote closer integration of the new state?

This seminar considers that question by focusing on one of the most important economic factors implicated in that failure, imperial rice transportation. This system formed a major cornerstone of Nguyen policy, but its practical costs and operational failures combined to ensure that Vietnam’s coastal sea lanes did not play a similar unifying role as the major river systems in Burma and Siam.

About the Speaker

Dr Tana Li is Visiting Senior Fellow at Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre and emeritus senior fellow at the College of Asia and Pacific Studies, the Australian National University. She works on maritime and environmental histories of Vietnam and southern China. Her works includes The Nguyen Cochinchina; Water Frontier: Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880, and Gulf of Tongking Through History, among others. At the ISEAS, Li Tana is working on a manuscript of Maritime history of Vietnam. She is also leading an international collaborative project, « The Making of the Red River », financially supported by the Chiang Chingkuo Foundation, Taiwan. This study of ecological history of the Greater Red River region is carried out by a team of historians, geologists, and GIS experts based in Austria, France, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

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Image « à la une » : Chiến thuyền của thủy quân triều Nguyễn (mô phỏng) © DR

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.

Gaston Đỗ Văn Điêm

GastonDoVanDiemM. Gaston Đỗ Văn Điêm, Đốc-Phủ-Sứ en retraite. Né en 1879 à Châu-Đốc (Cochinchine).

A fait ses études aux Collèges de M-Tho et de Chasseloup-Laubat.

Admis au concours général en 1898, est entré dans l’Administration locale de la Cochinchine en 1899 comme Élève-secrétaire.

Après avoir franchi successivement les échelons de la hiérarchie du cadre secondaire, a subi avec succès l’examen de huyn et est entré dans le cadre supérieur avec le grade de huyn de 2e classe.

A été admis à la retraite en 1933, après 34 ans de services, avec le grade de Đốc-Phủ-Sứ de classe exceptionnelle.

Durant sa carrière administrative, a servi dans plusieurs provinces de la Cochinchine et a dirigé les circonscriptions de : Rch-Kiên, Lai-Vũng, Ca-Lành, Chef-lieu Trà-Vinh, Phú-Quc, Thốt-Nốt, Phú-Lc, Késach, Vụng-Liêm, Chef-lieu Vĩnh-Long, Vĩnh-Châu, Gia-Rai.

Se consacre activement, depuis sa mise en retraite, au commerce de céréales pour le compte d’une grande maison européenne d’exportation de Saigon. Exploite actuellement une importante plantation de caféiers sur le plateau des Bolovens au Laos.

Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Source : Gouvernement général de l’Indochine, Service de l’Information, Souverains et notabilités d’Indochine. Notices par ordre alphabétique, Hanoi, IDEO, 1943, pp. 19-20.

Andrew Hardy: Commerce et diplomatie dans les relations plaine-montagne au centre Vietnam [CASE 28/11/2014]

[ndlr] Prochain séminaire du CASE avec l’historien Andrew Hardy.


Séminaire de Master — Histoire sociale de l’Asie du Sud-Est à l’époque moderne

La double légitimation des pouvoirs aux époques moderne et contemporaine

Grégory Mikaelian (CNRS – UMR 8170) et Emmanuel Poisson (U. Paris Diderot – UMR 7219)


Vendredi 28 novembre de 14 h à 16 h

« Commerce et diplomatie dans les relations plaine-montagne au centre Vietnam : la muraille de Quang Ngai (XIXe siècle) »

Andrew Hardy (École française d’Extrême-Orient / CNRS, Centre Asie du Sud-Est)

Salle : 475 C

Université Paris Diderot

Bâtiment des Grands Moulins – Aile C – 4e étage

16 rue Marguerite Duras

75013 Paris

Trương Văn Cầm

TruongVanCamM. Trương Văn Cầm, Administrateur de la Société Alcan Saigon. Né en 1901 à Cholon.

Ancien élève du Collège Chasseloup-Laubat.

Bachelier ès-Sciences mathématiques (Montpellier).

Diplômé de l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris, promotion 1924.

A fait ses études en France de 1918 à 1924. Rentré en Cochinchine fin 1924 et a travaillé au groupe Suzannh, Camlien et Anloc comme chef-comptable de 1925 à 1927.

De 1928 à 1929, secrétaire particulier de M. le Consul Général de France Bodard, à Batavia (Java).

En 1929, revenu en Cochinchine pour s’occuper de la vente de phosphate pour le compte de la Société Nouvelle des Phosphates du Tonkin et a placé durant les années 1929-1930 et 1931 plus de 300.000 sacs de phosphates dans toutes les régions de la Cochinchine.

En 1935, entré au Grands Magasins Charner comme chef du Service d’expédition et nommé chef du rayon d’Alimentation en 1936.

En 1937, engagé par la Société Alcan Saigon S. A. pour organiser les départements : Import et Export, Engrais, branche qui ont atteint un développement important, qui, en l’espace de 4 ans, a vendu plus de 600.000 sacs d’engrais divers (azotés, potassiques, phosphatés) pour toutes les cultures du pays d’un montant total dépassant 4 millions de piastres.

A été récemment nommé Administrateur de la Société avec procuration.

Source : Gouvernement général de l’Indochine, Service de l’Information, Souverains et notabilités d’Indochine. Notices par ordre alphabétique, Hanoi, IDEO, 1943, p. 7.