Professor Hiroki Tahara from the College of Asia Pacific Studies, one of the first-generation learners of the Vietnam and Southeast Asian research center - forerunner of the Faculty of Vietnamese studies shared that he started learning Vietnamese from 1991.
"After three semesters in the Foreign Language University in Tokyo, I came to Vietnam and continued learning Vietnamese in the center; later I worked for the College of Asia Pacific Studies at its establishment in 2000. For the time being, the college taught 750 multi-national learners.", ProfessorHiroki Tahara remembered.
With his Vietnamese language skill, Professor Hiroki Tahara works as attaché at the Japan Embassy in Vietnam. He and his students toured to the central highlands provinces to do charitable deeds by teaching ethnic minority small children Vietnamese language.
He said; “Thanks to Vietnamese language skill, I can make friends with Vietnamese people in the world especially those in the South of California state in the US. Vietnamese language is my body part.”
Apichit Mingwongtham, a Thai man with poor vision, was awarded two prizes while being a third year student at the faculty. Readers are deeply touched at his writing wrote about the difficult trip to Vietnam for Vietnamese language studies.
Head of the Faculty of Vietnamese language studies Associate Prof. Dr. Doan Le Giang, said that currently, 257 international graduates are studying Vietnamese at the faculty mostly students from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan ( China) and China while 12 foreign post-graduates are pursuing studying of Vietnamese.
He added that more and more foreigners have been registering short-term course. From July, 2018 to June, 2019 the faculty has admitted nearly 7,000 learners. Additionally, the faculty has run courses upon contracts signed with the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, the South Korean KOICA organization, Taiwanese Commerce Promotion Association, and many universities and companies of South Korea, Japan to teach Vietnamese and Vietnamese culture.
According to Associate Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Tuyet from the Faculty of Vietnamese Studies said that presently, around 4 million Vietnamese people are living in more than 100 nations.
Regarding academic term, teaching and researching Vietnamese and Vietnamese studies includes nuances of history, politics, military, economy, culture and society. Before, many countries wanted to make research on Vietnamese but because of war, they couldn’t.
Nowadays, the Southeast Asian country has attracted investors from various countries to develop the country’s economy; therefore, there has been growing need to learn Vietnamese and culture amongst investors and those love the country thanks to Vietnam’s good image in the eyes of foreigners.
Vietnamese studies in general is the study of Vietnam and things related to Vietnam. It refers, especially, to the study of modern Vietnamese and literature, history, ethnology, and the philological approach, respectively. Several major universities in the United States offer a Vietnamese studies major or program, including the University of Houston, University of California, and Yale University.. The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies also offers a program in the field.