Vol 5, No 4 (2021)

Scientific researches

Japan - Vietnam Extensive Strategic Partnership: Interests and Constraints

Kireeva A.A.


The article discusses the formation and deepening of the strategic partnership between Japan and Vietnam, the structural characteristics of relations in the spheres of politics and security, as well as the commonality of interests and the limits of rapprochement between the two countries. The comprehensive improvement of Japanese-Vietnamese relations is based on a combination of strategic and economic interests. The first part of the article is devoted to the key trends in the development of relations between Japan and Vietnam. The second part defines areas of convergence of interests and constraints on the path of further rapprochement between Tokyo and Hanoi. The author makes the assumption that the strategic cooperation between the two countries will continue to expand in the future due to the fact that it is based on a broad coincidence of mutual interests, both strategic and economic.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):6-25
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Human Rights in Vietnam – A Current Reality

Nguyen A.C., Nguyen D.C., Do T.H.


The article is based on recognized human rights standards, using concrete examples in real life, thus showing the actual picture of human rights in Vietnam today. Vietnam is willing to cooperate and strives to realize the values in the Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations in 1948 and other international conventions on human rights. It tries to answer questions about human rights in Vietnam: Why is the human rights situation in the country making much progress, although the US still regularly puts Vietnam on the list of countries particularly concerned about human rights? Most importantly, this colorful picture will delve into human rights values that Vietnamese people are enjoying. With vivid images, the article also points out the difficulties that Vietnamese people are going through to join the international community to be more aware of the human rights issues that they actively address.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):26-44
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Vietnam Economy under the Impact of COVID-19

Le H.B., Lam T.H.


The COVID-19 pandemic has already produced considerable changes in all aspects of an economy. Being an economy with a high degree of trade openness, Vietnam has maintained extensive trade relations with many partners. In the context of a global pandemic, Vietnam’s economy has been severely affected. Therefore, this article focuses on analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the aspects such as gross domestic product (GDP) growth, foreign trade, tourism, unemployment rate, and enterprises’ operation, and raising some prospects of Vietnam’s economy.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):45-70
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Learning Chinese in Vietnam: The Role of the Confucius Institute

Selezneva N.V.


Southeast Asian countries have always been one of the priority regions of the Chinese foreign policy due both to the geographic proximity and to the long historical and cultural connections and new forms of economic and trade cooperation which have been formed on that basis. Vietnam supports close interaction with its northern neighbour not only in the Party matters, but also in the trade and economic, agricultural, tourism, educational, medical, and other spheres. Naturally, this suggests intense learning of the Chinese language on a large scale. China, in its turn, is interested in maintenance and increase of its positive image among the countries of Southeast Asia. That is why China applies various methods and tools of nonforce pressure, which are known as “cultural soft power”. One of these tools is the Confucius Institute (Classes). China considered it the site of promotion of the Chinese language and Chinese culture abroad. From the outside, Vietnam and China appear to move toward each other in the matter of teaching and learning Chinese, but the reality shows that the Vietnamese side is not hastening to join the Chinese initiative, striving to control the situation, and does not let the Chinese side expand the Confucius Institutes network in Vietnam. Also, the analysis of the situation has shown the insignificant role of the Confucius Institutes in teaching the Chinese language.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):71-86
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Nguyen Lords with Trading Activities and International Cultural Exchange in South Vietnam during the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

Vu T.X.


The 16th – 18th centuries were widely known as a fascinating period of Vietnamese history. It was characterized by the division between North (Đàng Ngoài) and South of the country (Đàng Trong) and the civil war accordingly between the Trinh Lords and the Nguyen Lords. It also witnessed the most vibrant cultural exchange and integration of feudal states in Vietnamese medieval times. With their well-defined vision and effective maritime trade strategies, the Nguyen Lords have actively promoted cultural and economic exchange in the region and to the world. The seaports along the coast of South Vietnam have become a central gateway for these activities. The current research is an attempt to give a vivid picture of the dynamic trading environment in Thuan Quang – the biggest province in this part of the country. A critical reassessment of the Nguyen Lords’ integration policies will also be presented.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):87-105
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Symbolism of Colour of the Vietnamese National Garment Áo Dài: Historical Foundations, Development and Interpretations

Minina Y.D.


This paper is an attempt to analyze the color symbolism of traditional Vietnamese áo dài costume, as well as to identify and characterize the main reasons and peculiarities of transformations in this sphere. The symbolic model of color is considered in the context of language, socio-historical and cultural processes.

The focus is on women's traditional costume, as it has undergone far more extensive changes than men’s and has a much broader scope of use today.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):106-130
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The Perception of I.A. Bunin’s Work in Vietnam

Do T.H.


Ivan Bunin was the first Russian writer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature. However, Vietnamese readers knew him rather late: it was in 1987 that stories by the famous master of artistic language were translated into Vietnamese for the first time. So, as compared with other Russian classics, the history of perception of Bunin's work in Vietnam is not very long. His works are still little-known to a broad readership, but at the same time, the writer managed to gain recognition by “elitist” Vietnamese reader. This article analyses the features of perception of Ivan Bunin’s work (on the whole, his stories) in the “elitist” Vietnamese readership, from the time of publication of his stories in Vietnamese up to 2019. The basis of the analyses are articles and researches on the writer’s work, including senior theses and master’s theses by graduates of higher education institutes, as well as Bunin’s works’ translations into Vietnamese.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):131-147
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Scientific life

The State of the Russian-Vietnamese Strategic Partnership

Mazyrin V.M.


The survey presents organizers, participants and the main themes of the discussions on the state of the Russian-Vietnamese strategic partnership, held in Moscow by RAS IFE and in Hanoi by the Institute of European Studies of VASS in early December 2021. It analyzes the reports on the state and perspectives of bilateral cooperation in the crucial spheres, such as political, military-technical, socio- economic, scientific-technical, cultural and educational ones. The evaluation was of objective character: the experts noted both the achievements and the shortcomings, showed the existing hardships and explained their causes. Criticism prevailed; the common conclusion (while the approaches of the sides differed appreciably) was the acknowledgement of still existing serious problems in the crucial spheres of relations (especially in trade-economic relations), the determination of their current stage, which is the durability test in the conditions of the two worlds’ growing confrontation. The discussions in RAS and VASS have contributed to the search of the ways to rise strategic partnership of Russia and Vietnam to the appropriate level.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):148-161
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Vietnam as a Linchpin Between Russia and ASEAN

Vershinina V.V., Bachilo D.D.


The article presents an overview of the international conference “Russia and ASEAN in Asia-Pacific Region: Dynamic of Cooperation, Regional Processes and the Global Context” that was held at MGIMO University on October 15-16, 2021. The event was a part of the 13th Russian International Studies Association (RISA) Convention. This year the conference was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Russia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership and 30th anniversary of their bilateral relations. The overview is focused on the presentations, covering Russia-Vietnam relations and the role of Vietnam in ASEAN-Russia partnership, as well as Vietnam’s position within the region.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):162-170
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Many-Sided Vietnam

Syunnerberg M.A.


The article presents the survey of the reports on Vietnam delivered at the All-Russian scientific-practical conference of the 7th Guber’s scientific readings “Southeast Asia: Historical Past and Current Reality” held from October 5 to 6, 2021. Researchers of different academic, research and training institutes took part in the conference hosted by the Chair of History of the Far Eastern and Southeast Asian countries of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (IAAS MSU). Numerous reports were devoted to Vietnam; the subjects of the papers varied, which allowed to show various sides of such an interesting country.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):171-178
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Scholars of the World on Vietnam and Eastern Asia

Gordienco E.V., Kolotov V.N., Kraevskaya N.M., Nikulina E.V.


The survey discusses the greatest world forum of Vietnamists in 2021 – the 6th International Conference on Vietnamese Studies held 28-29 October (direct and distant format) in Hanoi, the capital of the SRV, and the 2nd International Scientific Conference on Culture and Education held on November 26 (the mixed format) in Hue, the former capital of Emperor’s Vietnam. The themes of papers enveloped regional and international problems, ideology and politics, ethnography and religions, education and human capital, economics, technologies and environmental protection, language, culture and literature, problems of state and law, history and archeology, sociology, as well as achievements and difficulties of Vietnamese studies in different countries of the world.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):179-191
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On the defense of a dissertation

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):192-195
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Official documents

Joint Statement on 2030 Vision for Development of Vietnam – Russia relations

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):196-205
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The Chronicles of the Great Opposition. Review of the book “Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975” by M. Hastings

Lokshin G.M.


The review is given on the book “Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975” by the English historian and publicist Max Hastings. The author builds the history of the struggle of the Vietnamese people against the French colonialists and American imperialists based on extensive factual evidence. Anti-communist beliefs do not allow the author to fully appreciate the role of the Viet Minh front and the Vietnamese communists in the victory over the French, but he recognizes the enormous authority of Ho Chi Minh. Objectively depicting the anti-national character of the Ngo Dinh Diem regime in South Vietnam and the American “aid”, the English journalist confirms with his book the main lesson of the Vietnam War, which proves that the internal political problems of another country cannot be solved by an outside invasion.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):206-213
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Outstanding Project of Russian Vietnamese Studies. Review of the book “The Complete Annals of Daiviet”, Vol. 7

Knorozova E.Y.


The review focuses on the seventh volume of the Complete Annals of Daiviet (Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư), published in 2020. This central monument of Vietnamese traditional historical thought has not been translated into European languages. Volume seven presents a translation of chapters XVI–XVII, covering the period of Vietnamese history from 1533 to 1599. The book consists of several parts: a study on “Vietnam – China relations and political history of North Vietnam in the 16th century”, the translation itself, and a detailed commentary. The Appendices section contains translations of Chinese and Vietnamese works. The translation from hanviet was done by the leading Russian expert on Vietnamese history A.L. Fedorin, Doctor of Historical Sciences, who also wrote the research part and comments. The publication of the seventh volume of the “Complete Annals of Daiviet” can be attributed to the outstanding achievements of the Russian scholar.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2021;5(4):214-220
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