Nguyen Phuc Anh has worked as a lecturer of Sino-Nom studies at the College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University-Hanoi since 2009. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sino-Nom studies in 2008 and is currently studying for a PhD in Sino-Nom studies at the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences, while also receiving the Asian Human Resources Fund for studying for another PhD in Social Anthropology at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. From May 2010 to June 2014, he received The Asian Graduate Student Fellowship to improve academic writing skills, and to carry out a study of Vietnamese nationalism and politics of identity at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
His dissertation seeks to bring clarity to the question of how fictive kinship has integrated into neoliberal logic and been used as the technique of governance in Vietnam. He proposes that Vietnam’s socialist regime has managed to consolidate the socialist-oriented market as well as strengthening its authoritarian rule and maintaining the political power of the Communist Party by promoting a fictive kinship that is based on the belief that all Vietnamese share the same ancestors, Hùng kings. His current research interests include ethnicity, nationalism, politics of identity, governmentality and neoliberalism in Vietnam.