GCBS Research Forum meeting, April 29, 2024, presentation by Nguyễn Khuông Hồng Ngọc

The meeting of the GCBS’s Research Forum took place on April 29, 2024. Our Ph.D. student Nguyễn Khuông Hồng Ngọc (a.k.a. Ruby) presented a draft paper of a research project submitted for consideration to the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) 25th Biennial Conference 2024 in Tallinn, and which will lay the groundwork for her Ph.D. dissertation. The working title of Ruby’s paper is as follows:

“Practical Learning (實學) and Its Influence on Educational Transformation in Eighteenth-Century Vietnam.”

Ruby’s primary objectives were: (1) to elucidate the mechanisms and resources through which Practical Learning was introduced to Vietnam, and (2) to elaborate on how Vietnamese confucians, on the basis of Practical Learning, criticized and transformed the state of education in the eighteenth century. She will focus on Lê Quý Đôn 黎貴惇 (1726–1784) who is at the center of her research, and try to bring an overall understanding about the context of education in eighteenth-century Vietnam.