Ngo Thi Thanh Tam
Ngô Thị Thanh Tâm

Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Feb 2012 to May 2012

Ngô Thị Thanh Tâm is a researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen, Germany. She received a Ph.D in Anthropology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research topics include the recent Protestant Conversion among the Hmong in Northern Vietnam, the social memory of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese border war in China and Vietnam, and the unfolding of Cold War politics in the experience of the Northern and Southern Vietnamese in Berlin, Germany. As a fellow in the Coordinate Research Program under the guidance of Professor Hue Tam Ho Tai, she will be working on her book manuscript title “Sex, Soul, Spirits: Becoming Protestant Hmong in Contemporary Vietnam.”.


[2011] “Missionary Encounters at the China-Vietnam Border: The Case of the Hmong.” Encounters, No. 4, pp. 113-131.

[2010] “Ethnic and Transnational Dimensions of Recent Protestant Conversion among the Hmong in Northern Vietnam”. In Social Compass 57(3) 332-344.

[2009] “The short-waved Faith: Christian Broadcastings and the Transformation of the Spiritual Landscape of the Hmong in Northern Vietnam.” In Lim, K.G Francis (ed). Mediated Piety: Technology and Religion in Contemporary Asia. Leiden: Brills.


[2009] ‘The “short-waved” faith: Christian broadcasting and Protestant conversion of the Hmong in Vietnam’,, Working Paper WP 09-11

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