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Self Introduction No.19 : Nguyen Pham Lam Phuong

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Please Introduce your self!


Hello everyone. I’m Phuong from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. I was born and raised in Vietnam but now I am studying in the Netherlands. I major in Anthropology and Politics andddd I am going to enter my final year of university this September (oh my…!). I think the ISC64 is going to be a great opportunity for me to meet and talk to so many nice, young and knowledgeable people from all over the world. I cannot wait to hear what they have to say and see what they will bring to the table. Also, I am very much looking forward to listening to their opinions on my own perspective and discussing it with everyone. Learning doesn’t necessarily have to be in a classroom with teachers and blackboards, I believe we can always learn from each other, by discussing and exchanging ideas, and in everyday life. In my little precious free time, I often prefer spending it on my own with a good book and a cup of tea. Other information includes: I love singing but I don’t play any instruments, a huge fan of musicals; finally, other than Vietnamese and English, I can also speak a little Dutch and Korean (I’m still learning).

What is your topic?

What do you think about your table topic?


I love every single topic in the ISC64, I must admit. I find them all very intriguing and well thought-out. About my own table topic “Democracy and Global Order”, it is the one which suits me as well as my research interest the most – that’s why I decided to go for it. This topic has many layers to be uncovered, for instance the term “democracy” itself is already quite a controversial word to use. I believe there will be many more layers and aspects to look into for this topic. Other table-mates of mine come from very different and diverse background, in terms of nationality, education, research interest, experience, etc. which makes me very excited to talk to them. It would be very fascinating to have a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted approach to the topic of democracy and global order, as I mentioned before this topic has many layers to be discovered. Why should we think about democracy and global order? I think it’s an important topic for everyone, especially young people, to think about together. Democracy seems like a far-reaching concept for some, but I think in the end its purpose is freedom and a comfortable, respectful life for everyone. It is exactly our goal to make it “for everyone” that this topic requires us to sit together and discuss as a group. Democracy can also come in the form of countries-to-countries, and not just between people in a community – and this leads us to the question of global order. Personally, I can contribute to this topic from my anthropological perspective. Anthropology is often associated with the study of ethnicities and culture, so I can imagine some people may be a little confused to see anthropology accompanying a political topic. Actually, anthropology is the study of human, so wherever there is human, we can find anthropological research there – and of course politics is a sphere very much related to human and our societies. A distinctive feature of anthropological view is the “bottom-up” approach, meaning anthropologists take great care of individuals and everyday life occurrences. By embracing the daily life reality and the often-forgotten everyday lives, anthropologists usually put question marks and/or suspicions into top-down grand theories. I hope this perspective will be able to contribute to our topic, adding to it more layers of texture and dynamic aspects to think about.

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