Independent research project: Vietnamese cultural art

Dejana Ristic

Throughout these past 5 weeks of attending BCM320 Seminars I have learnt a lot about Digital Asia and autoethnography. In short, a recap of what I have learnt is that autoethnography is a process of encountering personal experience in order to understand other cultural experiences.

I find it interesting to learn about another culture, other than my own. Being multilingual myself, belonging to the Australian culture as well as Serbian culture has opened a whole new, wider experience for myself. In comparison to some of my friends that only speak one language. It has enabled me to be apart of two completely different worlds, with different cultures, social norms and attitudes towards certain aspects of life. Being raised within the Serbian culture and growing up with those norms and attending Australian school and learning the Australian culture and norms, has made my world quite unique and a different experience to…

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  1. Hi Dejana,
    I feel extremely surprised and happy to see an individual from a western background be interested in Vietnamese art.
    As a Vietnamese myself, I spent a multitude of years in my childhood learning about Vietnamese artworks drawn by different techniques, including water painting. To my observation and understanding, I can see that the majority of Vietnamese artworks in the past, especially during 1945-1975, when Vietnam went through the war against France, Japan and America, reflected either the tragic reality of Vietnamese people during the wartime or illustrated the glorious image of Vietnamese heroes and heroines, which can be seen here: http://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2014/01/vietnam-war-art.html and here: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/322077810829592201/?lp=true
    After 1975, most Vietnamese artworks emphasized on the beauty of Vietnamese villages and the low-class people such as farmers, fisherman, workers, and especially women (similar to the artworks you showed above), which can be found here: https://orkidarts.com/paintings/101/pho-cao-village—ha-giang
    One thing in common with Vietnamese modern artworks and those in the wartime is that they all reflect the aesthetic and incisive cultural values of Vietnamese people and the country. A proof for what I said can be found here: http://www.vietnam-beauty.com/vietnamese-culture/vietnam-arts-.html, which would help you gain a broader understanding of Vietnamese culture illustrated by Vietnamese artworks throughout the history.
    Hope this information helps! And I cannot wait to see your artworks!
    – Ray

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