The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies

The quarterly peer-review academic journal.



  • Center for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


The journal publishes original papers on various fields of Vietnamese studies: politics, economics, society, history, culture, philology, as well as reviews of scientific conferences dedicated to Vietnam, information on the defense of dissertations in Vietnamese studies, the most important official documents, book reviews about Vietnam and articles on leading Russian and Vietnamese scientists in this field.

The audience of the journal is scientists and academicians working in the area of Vietnamese studies, teachers and university students, as well as anyone interested in Vietnam.

Mission of the journal: integrate the results of scientific work of Russian and foreign scientists in various fields of Vietnamese studies into the international scientific space, be an international platform for scientific discussion, acquaint scientists and everyone interested in Vietnam with the latest research, scientific events and the latest literature about Vietnam.

Main research fields:

  • Historical sciences and archeology
  • Economic Sciences
  • Philological sciences (Literary criticism; Linguistics)
  • Sociological sciences
  • Political science
  • Culturology



  • Quarterly
  • Bilingual (accepts and publishes full-text manuscripts in English and Russian)
  • Platinum Open Access distribution model
  • No APC
  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence.

Current Issue

Vol 7, No 3 (2023)

Scientific researches

Vietnam's position on Russia's special military operation
Serbin V.A.

This article examines the Socialist Republic of Vietnam's position on Russia's Special Military Operation. The study analyses the dynamics of Hanoi's official statements and identifies factors influencing its position, as well as examines the position of Vietnamese society. The article draws on a variety of sources, including Russian, Vietnamese and Western media sources. The author points out the need to consider the basic principles of the Vietnam foreign policy in order to better understand its position on the issue. It concludes by stressing the importance of Vietnam's flexible diplomacy in a complex geopolitical situation and maintaining neutrality in the conflict.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):5-17
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Metropolisation, migrations and urban civilisation: the example of Hanoi
Nguyen M.H., Duchère Y.

With 38% of its population living in cities, Vietnam is in the process of completing its urban transition. The arrival of populations from the countryside coupled with a process of spatial sprawl is part of the urban catching up that the country has been doing since the liberalization of its economy at the end of the 1980s. Poles of concentration of value and population are rapidly being formed: the metropolises. The Vietnamese metropolises, starting with the capital city-province of Hanoi, are the vehicle and modus operandi of the country's transition to a market economy, and they crystallize a number of social tensions linked in particular to the entrenchment, or even the clash, of rural and urban cultures. The purpose of this article is to see how, in the peri-urban area of Hanoi, an observation post for the advance of the city over the countryside, the “urban civilization” program is being called upon by the authorities to promote urban modernization based on social harmony and a certain vision of urban sociality.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):31-42
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Vietnam ports: becoming a new leader?
Semenova N.K.

Vietnam's port system occupies a special place in the East Asian region, which is currently the world leader in the port industry and sea transportation. Over the past twenty years, Vietnam has been significantly ahead of its regional neighbors in terms of the average annual increase in port capacity. High port indicators become a response to an active state policy in this area. The article is devoted to the study of the increasing role of Vietnamese ports in the East Asian port system, the analysis of the current development and key problems of the port industry of Vietnam.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):18-30
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The republic of Vietnam government’s policies on the economic activities of the Chinese in Vietnam (1955–1975)
Trinh T.L.

This article presents the policy of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam (RoV) to manage the economic activities of the Chinese community in South Vietnam. In particular, the study highlights the objective and subjective reasons that prompted the ROV government to adopt stringent measures to limit the influence of the Chinese and points out the benefits and limitations of these measures. Lessons learned from the Chinese community's economic management policies from 1955–1975 also help researchers to propose Party and state ethnic policy programs and policies toward the Chinese in particular, and nationwide ethnic minorities in general.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):43-54
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Internal migration and religious participation among Vietnamese Catholics
Hoang T.H., Nguyen T.A., Bui P.T., Cu T.T.

Many studies have shown that the residence changes led to the parish's conversion, affecting the practicing of religious rituals. However, the relationship between internal migration and religious participation has remained a study gap in Vietnam which has witnessed many migration flows. Therefore, the present study will aim to 1) describe the characteristics of Catholic migrants and clarify the religious participation level of Catholic migrants; 2) define the religious participation level of Catholic migrants, and 3) analyze the challenges for migrants to maintain religious life at the destination. By collecting the quantitative and qualitative data, the research results indicated that the feminization of migration is typically in the Catholic community; the average age of Catholic migrants is young, and the marriage rate and technical qualification are relatively higher than migrants in Vietnam in general. Besides, Catholic migrants had difficulty participating in feasts that required regular participation because they faced challenges from changing social environments, attitudes of the religious community of the destination, and their religious self-identity.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):55-65
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Preserving the epics of the Central Highlands in Vietnam
Kieu T.S.

This article is based on the ideas of a presentation at the scientific seminar "The epics of the Central Highlands - Preservation and promotion solutions" planned by the Institute of Social Sciences in the Central Highlands of the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. It was then postponed in late 2017 and has yet to be implemented.

In keeping with the theme of the workshop, the purpose of this article is to present a perspective on the preservation of the epics through performance in the community. This point of view derives from viewing Central Highlands epics as a performing art, a form of cultural practice that still exists. These are living epics, not published epics.

Based on the results of ethnographic fieldwork combined with the method of analyzing the art of singing-speech, we discuss the stated prospects for preservation, point out the shortcomings of applying the methods of preservation of Central Highlands epics in practice, and then give our opinion. The Central Highlands epic should be preserved as it existed in its traditional context. It should be heard more often in the community through the lyrics of the artist.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):66-74
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Vietnamese phraseological units with a numeral component
Andreeva V.A.

The article is devoted to the study of structural and semantic features of phraseological units with a numeral component in the Vietnamese language. It is noted that the numeral components in the phraseological units can both retain their quantitative meaning and be subjected to partial or complete desemantization. The most productive numeral components of phraseological units in the Vietnamese language are quantitative numerals of the first ten, while the largest number of set expressions are with the numeral một “one”. In the vast majority of Vietnamese phraseological units, several numerals are used simultaneously, usually two. This is due to the application of the principle of parallelism in the construction of most phraseological units. With the opposite use of numerals, it is possible both to use the same numeral several times, and to use different numerals together. It is noted that ordinal numbers in phraseological units are mostly devoid of symbolic meaning and retain their specific meanings. The features of various groups of numeral phraseological units borrowed from the Chinese language are considered. Using the number ba “three” as an example, different types of symbolic meanings of numerative components are analyzed. In the course of the study, extensive illustrative material was used. The relevance of the research topic is determined by the importance of phraseological units with a numerological component for understanding the cultural and linguistic picture of the world and the mentality of native Vietnamese speakers.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):75-83
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Scientific life

Outlining discussion areas on modern problems of the ASEAN mainland countries in the ICCA RAS
Burova E.S., Mazyrin V.M.

The article provides an overview of the international conference “Mainland ASEAN countries in regional integration processes: modern challenges and development prospects” held at the ICCA RAS. During the event scientists discussed bilateral relations between Indochina countries and dialogue partners, considered the Russia's role in the region, highlighted the main aspects of subregional cooperation as part of ASEAN integration processes, and also raised the economic aspects of the peninsula development.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):84-91
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Vietnam through the eyes of Russian and Vietnamese scientists
Nikulina E.V.

The article provides an overview of three scientific events in April 2023 dedicated to Vietnam: an international scientific seminar on “Vietnam – the new economic miracle of Asia?” held by the Center of Russian Strategy in Asia of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences together with the Department of World Economy of the SPbSU; VII session of the XXXII International Scientific Congress on Sourcing and Historiography of Asian and African Countries in SPbSU and Scientific Conference «Vietnam in the Conditions of World Turbulence: Politics, Economy and Society», held within the VIII Day of Vietnam in MGIMO RF MFA. The article gives a brief description of the reports presented at these events.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):92-97
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Dissertations Defense
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):98-101
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On Vietnam as a “middle power”
Kolotov V.N.

The review is given to the monograph of the young scientist V. V. Vershinina, dedicated to the topical problem of Vietnam's regional integration. The author of the work not only analyzed the foreign policy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, but also considered the concept of a “middle power” and its modern interpretations.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):102-104
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“…Plunge into the luxury of tropical nature…”
Bobrov V.V.

It is a review of the book, a significant part of which is devoted to the memoirs of the employees of the Russian-Vietnamese Tropical Center about work in the forests of South Vietnam and life in Ho Chi Minh City. The book gives colorful descriptions of tropical nature and life of the local population.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):105-108
pages 105-108 views

Scholar's jubilee

Anniversary of Evgeny V. Kobelev
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(3):109-111
pages 109-111 views

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