Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

International workshop "Transformation of Vietnamese family in relation to the transformation of family in the world"


On the morning of June 28, 2018, in Hanoi, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (Academy) organized an international workshop "Transformation of Vietnamese family in relation to the transformation of family in the world" with the participation of many national and international scholars.

Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the Academy spoke at the conference  

Opening remarks at the workshop, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, Academy president, said the workshop was one of the events of Ministry Research Program "General study and assessment of family in the period of industrialization, modernization and international integration" which was assigned by the Government to the Academy. The program has been implemented since mid-2016, with 12 topics focusing on the different aspects of family life such as marriage; family basic value system; social security; religious activities; family religion; domestic violence; divorce, middle-class characteristics; variation in family economic function; access to the quality healthcare services; process of socialization and personal education; relationships between the State, family and community; trend of transformation Vietnamese family characteristics and 1 task "Synthesis report to the Prime Minister". The main objectives of program were: identifying the basic characteristics of Vietnamese family and the changing trends in the current and next decade; determining the factors that affect the transformation of Vietnamese family; proposing scientific arguments for development of policies to build prosperous, progressive and happy Vietnamese family. Accordingly, the workshop would focus on research results of the topics covered by the program and discuss research issues in the world presented by international scholars to provide additional opinions, views and scientific arguments for the community of scientists and policy activists in the family field.

At the speech, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Huu Minh, Deputy Director of the Program, said that in order to serve the research activities, the program topics were implemented to develop database on related issues; Organizing international surveys for comparative studies, policy proposals; Seminars, training on implementation of research contents and report on results. In addition, topics have also done some additional research on the issues not mentioned in 12 topics in the program. By that, we have identified the characteristics of some new family models such as single mother, unmarried cohabiting, different ethnic/religious families; Trends not married, celibate; Migrant families; Families with spouses abroad to export labor and identifying new and emerging characteristics in the implementation of family policy in Vietnam and internationally.

Through 3 sessions: Session 1: Vietnamese family in relation to other social institutions (co-chaired by Prof.Dr. Trinh Duy Luan and Prof.Dr. Yoshihiko Shiratori); Session 2: Family viewed from multidisciplinary approach (co-chaired by Assoc.Prof. Vu Manh Loi and Assoc.Prof. Bussarawa Puk); Session 3: Trends in Family Transformation - International and Vietnamese Experiences (co-chaired by Prof.Dr. Nguyen Huu Minh and Prof.Dr. Ki-Soo Eun). The conference heard 14 reports on a wide range of issues related to family: Basic characteristics of marriage in Vietnam; Middle-class families in Vietnam in the process of social - economic and cultural development; Family economic function: the changing trends and policy implications; Religious activities in Vietnam family, the basic characteristics; Vietnamese contemporary family values; Some characteristics of Vietnamese family change over the past few decades; Experience in violence prevention in some countries and in Vietnam; Factors affecting divorce (in Hanoi, Khanh Hoa and Tien Giang); Family relationship, culture and family transformation in the Lao People's Democratic Republic; Family support for the elderly in Thailand; Challenges for contemporary Korean families; Transformation of Japanese family with emphasis on reducing fertility rate; Family sociology and poverty (Australian context)…

Prof.Dr. Nguyen Huu Minh presented the suggested report Panorama of the seminar

Thereby, we could see that Vietnam was entering stage of rapid industrialization and modernization; the challenges that Vietnamese families have faced such as violence, divorce, sexual assault, child care, the elderly, the balance between work and family; the relationship between generations, between husband and wife... were becoming problems not only within the family but also the whole society.

In addition to the positive aspects of global integration as economic growth, increased investment in social sectors has helped to reduce gender inequality in education; from that spreading new ideas, advancing marriage and family… lifestyle changes also create a new tendency in the relationship of two-generations families, making them looser in relationships such as relatives, neighbors... that was the premise for appearance of trend celibacy or unmarried marriages as well as different ethnic/religious family models appear more and more throughout the world.

The results of national and international studies have been presented which have contributed to discovering and explaining new issues in the family and pointing out the characteristics and trends change of Vietnamese family in renovation period; as well as new trends in marriages of some mentioned international countries. At the same time, the results also provided scientific arguments for construction of laws, decrees and social policies to promote the role of family in the stability and development of the whole society.

Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan took souvenir photos with delegates attending the workshop

Evaluation of achievement, Prof. Nguyen Huu Minh commented: The findings of topics have accurately reflected the contents of research. Through discussion, scientists have been worked together to clarify the issues that needed to focus on in-depth/complementary research. Thereby, contributing to the provision of accurate scientific arguments for assessing the changing Vietnamese family in the context of industrialization, modernization and international integration in accordance with the requirements of program. At the same time, the conference was also a live forum, opening up opportunities for Vietnamese and international scientists to further discuss issues of concern and seek future collaborative research opportunities.

Pham Vinh Ha


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