Series of books on the ethnic groups of Vietnam introduced to readers

The book series "Ethnic groups in Vietnam" marks an important scientific event of the anthropology sector of Vietnam and also acts as a valuable information resource for leaders and managers to gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics of each ethnic group in Vietnam, then formulating appropriate ethnic policies.

This research for this work was conducted by the Institute of Anthropology from 2012-2015 and was edited and published by the National Political Publishing House from 2016-2018. Source: NDO

The second edition of the book series “Cac dan toc Viet Nam” (Ethnic groups of Vietnam) has been launched by Su That (Truth) National Political Publishing House during a book exhibition in Hanoi.

The exhibition was held to mark the publishing house’s 75th founding anniversary (December 5) and welcome the upcoming 13th National Party Congress.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the publishing house’s Acting Director and Editor-in-Chief Pham Chi Thanh sad the four-volume book series was compiled by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Anthropology from 2012 – 2015. It was edited and published by the publishing house from 2016 – 2018 and its second edition was released in July 2020.

The book series won a second prize at the National Book Awards 2020, he noted. 

The series becomes a valuable source for policy-makers to gain a better insight into each ethnic group in Vietnam and thus, adopt appropriate ethnic policies and further consolidate solidarity among Vietnamese people, Thanh said, adding that it is also an useful source of reference for scientists, researchers and students.

In response to the requests of readers, the National Political Publishing House organised the second publication of the books in July 2020.

Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country's population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totaling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds of the country's territory) spreading from the North to the South.

Among ethnic minorities, the largest ones are Tay, Thai, Muong, Hoa, Khmer, and Nung with a population of around 1 million each, while the smallest are Brau, Roman, Odu with several hundred people each.

Mai Nguyen