Doctorant, aspirant FNRS. EASt (ARC project: “GENEsYs – East Asian Youth: Identities and Practices in Public Space”)


Adresse visiteur

Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains
Avenue Jeanne, 44
Bâtiment S
Bureau S12.119
1050 Bruxelles

Adresse courrier

Université libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 50 - CP 124
1050 Bruxelles


Van Minh Nguyen is a doctoral candidate and FNRS research fellow at the Université Libre the Bruxelles (LAMC; EASt), where he is part of the ARC project ‘GENEsYs – East Asian Youth: Identities and Practices in Public Space’. He earned a BA in Language, culture and society of Japan, and a MA in Cultural anthropology, ethnology and ethnolinguistics, both at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His MA thesis analyzed inter-generational cultural transmission and the memory of the Vietnam War within the Vietnamese community of Houston, Texas. His PhD project focuses on mobility in Ho Chi Minh City. In particular, it considers how, in a context of urban sprawl and population outburst where privacy has become a consumer good accessible only to the middle-class, the motorbike acts as an agent of democratization, allowing riders to negotiate their presence in the city through spatial expertise, bodily practices, and social relations, as well as to create alternative microgeographies in the social, political and economic landscapes of the city.

Présentation des recherches

Title of the thesis: Mapping the Invisible: Geographies of Consumption, Mobility and Intimacy among Youth in Ho Chi Minh City

Keywords: urban anthropology – mobility – intimacy – consumption – youth – motorbike – public space – Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

Mis à jour le 27 mars 2023