An international workshop themed “Ethnographic approaches to cross-border livelihoods and networks in mainland Southeast Asia” took place in Hanoi on December 18, with scientists from Vietnam and countries around the world in attendance.

The event was to facilitate scholarly comparative discussion on the cross-border flows of commodities and people in mainland Southeast Asia, their connection to borderland livelihoods, and their role in connecting border regions to wider national and trans-national domains.

To Xuan Phuc, a researcher from the Australian National University (ANU), commented that Vietnam is a transit hub for farm produce, workforce and capital within the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Participants also talked in depth the livelihoods of ethnic minorities living in border areas with China, including the northern mountainous province of Lang Son.

The significance of cross-border social networks in Bru-Van Kieu ethnic minority areas in central Vietnam was also tabled for discussion.

The event was co-hosted by the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies under the Vietnam National University – Hanoi, and the ANU.-VNA