Workshop with Truong Thi Kim Chuyen

The participants were given the introduction of ‘6-thinking-hat’ methodology of Edward de Bono, which describes a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats: Information (White), Emotions (Red), Discernment (Black), Optimistic response (Yellow), Creativity (Green) and The sixth meta thinking (Blue). Using this method, each group discussed and debated one cultural – political – social issue in Vietnam, under analysis of these 6 colored perspectives, in order to find solutions, which could help reviving and preserving the material culture....

Truong Thi Kim Chuyen

Truong Thi Kim Chuyen obtained her Ph.D in Economic Geography at Saint Petersburg University, Russia (1992). Having been the Vice Rector from 2007-2012, she is the current Senior Lecturer in the Geography department at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2001-2002), a Fulbright scholar at California State University Fullerton (2005) and an exchange scholar at Millikin University (2007). Her research focuses on human geography and development studies, especially on gender and poverty reduction. She has been involved in different...

Reviving and nurturing materials culture for creative purposes

Originality and creativity are crucial attributes that encourage establishment and development of a locality’s material culture. Through analysis of a particular material – here with the rare black silk from Tan Chau, An Giang Province – Dr. Truong Thi Kim Chuyen, Senior Lecturer of Geography Department, University of Social Sciences and Humanity HCMC, will discuss how to maintain and renew tradition by examining the crucial relationship between location, community, material and creative reality. Dr. Chuyen considers the challenges in nourishing and reviving local material culture, in the context of a...