Nguyen Ngoc Tho

Years of Stay at HYI

Aug 2017 to May 2018

Sep 2007 to Dec 2008

NGUYEN, Ngoc Tho is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies, majoring in East Asian folklore and social ritual studies. He concentrates on rituals, customs, and daily life’s etiquette of the Vietnamese and ethnic Chinese peoples under the East Asian perspective. He obtained his PhD degree in Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, was a visiting fellow to Singapore National University in 2001, the Harvard-Yenching Institute in 2007, 2009, and was a visiting scholar to Sun Yat-sen University in 2008, the Harvard Yenching Institute during the 2017–2018 academic year, Harvard University’s Asia Center in 2018–2019, and Boston University in 2019-2020. Nguyen Ngoc Tho is the author of five books and more than 35 journal articles published in Vietnam and overseas. He holds the co-authorship of dozen other books, book chapters and journal articles. He is also a member of the Committee of The National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED). Currently, Nguyen is a member of World Association of Confucianism (Beijing), World Consortium of Research on Confucian Culture (Hawaii), World Association of Chinese Cultural Studies (Taiwan-Singapore), Association of Sinophone Studies (Los Angeles), Association of Mazu Culture Studies (Fujian, China), and the Harvard-Yenching Alumni Network.

Recent Publications


Ritual and symbol in ritual, Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam National University Publishing House, , 2020 (author).

Outlines of Asian cultures, Hanoi: Vietnam National University Publishing House, 2019, (co-author).

The ethnic Hoa and the Minh Hương and Hoi An entrepôt, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City: Van hoa Van nghe Publishing House, 2018 (author).

The cult of Tianhou Goddess in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam, Hanoi: Vietnam National University Publishing House, 2017 (author).

The symbol of dragon in East and Southeast Asian cultures, Hanoi: National Politics Publishing House, 2016 (author).

Typical Articles

“Confucianism and Humane education in contemporary Vietnam”, International Communication on Chinese Culture, Springer 2016.

“The change and localization of the symbol Guandi in Southern Vietnam”, Journal of Science, Tra Vinh University, Vol 27, 2017; Chinese version printed in Guan Di in the Global Perspective, Tangshan Publisher, Taipei, Taiwan, 2017.

“Hakka identity and religious transformation in Southern Vietnam” – Journal of Asian Education and Development Studies, Special Issue on Ethnicity, Ritual and Festivals in Asia co-edited by Siu Woo Cheung and Oscar Salemink, Emerald Publishing Limited, September 2019, pp. 56-66.

 “Minh Nguyet cu si lam – a Buddhist sect of the Chaozhou Chinese in Southern Vietnam: history and transformation”, co-authoring with Huynh Hoang Ba, in Studies of Maritime History Vol. 17, Canton, China: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2020

“A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step: Asian Studies and Vietnamese Confucianism”, Asian Studies, co-authored with Jana S. Rosker, (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Vol. 8(2): 7-13, 2020

“When the sage becomes a god: the Confucian Sect of Minh Duc Nho giao dai dao”, Journal of Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Vol. 8(2): 17-50, 2020.

“Philosophical transmission and contestation: the impact of the Qing Confucianism in Southern Vietnam”, Journal of Asian Studies, co-authoring with Phong T. Nguyen, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Vol. 8(2): 79-112, 2020.

“Crossing boundaries and state-building: harmonization and tolerance in Vietnamese religions”, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies co-authoring with Sen V. Vo, Malaysia, Vol. 16 (2): 59–83.

“Spiritual ecology and environmental protection: the hidden discourses of the sacred pond “Bà Om” of the ethnic Khmer in Trà Vinh, Vietnam” (co-authored with LE, Thi Ngoc Diep), in The Mekong: History, Ecology and Environmental Issues, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

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