Incubating Culture in Vietnam and Hue’s Rebirth as Vietnam’s Center of Art & Heritage

Incubating Culture in Vietnam and Hue’s Rebirth as Vietnam’s Center of Art and Heritage

Hosted by Harvard Kennedy School, Fulbright University Vietnam & Boi Tran Garden


I remember very fondly our meeting at your home. Mostly I shared a respect for your pioneer-ship for making Hue’s artistic rebirth a reality.

Professor Thomas J Vallely
Senior Advisor, Mainland Southeast Asia, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center
Founder, Harvard Vietnam Program (1989), Fulbright School HCMC (1994)
Member, US State Department’s Foreign Policy Board
President, Vietnam Trust of University Innovation


Panel Discussion & Hue Cultural Fine Dining
Incubating Culture in Vietnam and Hue’s Rebirth as Vietnam’s Center of Art and Heritage

Avenue: Boi Tran Garden, Thien An Hill, Hue, Vietnam
Date: 18 January 2020
Organizer: Harvard Kennedy School, Fulbright University Vietnam, Boi Tran Garden

An early evening panel discussion on Incubating Culture in Vietnam and Hue’s Rebirth as Vietnam’s Center of Art and Heritage as well as announcing new cooperation with Fulbright University Vietnam and the Hue Provincial Government. As part of Fulbright University’s curriculum, Professor Thomas J. Vallely – Senior Advisor for Mainland Southeast Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, established the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City in 1994, the school is now part of Fulbright University Vietnam, current Chairman of Governing Board of Fulbright University Vietnam and director of the Harvard Myanmar Program and the delegation are hoping to offer a semester in Hue for those students who are majoring in Vietnamese Studies and Art.

Professor Thomas J. Vallely sharing at the beginning of the discussion

Following the discussion, guests are invited to dinner with our special scholar – Professor Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School. The Kennedy School is one of Fulbright University’s academic partners and they are exploring deepening its connection to Hue’s public policy challenges.

Cultural sharing at the hall, Doan Thuc D Tran – Bem, Professor Thomas Vallely, Artist Boi Tran, and Professor Ian Bickford (left to right)
Doan Thuc D Tran – Bem, Artist Boi Tran, and Professor Ian Bickford (left to right)

Being aware of the opportunity we have with Hue’s recent designation as a Heritage City. This designation alone does not ensure success unless it is combined with the vibrant cultural communities in Vietnam and in Hue that are transcending old models of cultural preservation and enhancement. This new partnership with the Central Government will accelerate Hue into the cultural and historical frontier.

Professor Thomas Vallely and Artist Boi Tran
Thuc Doan, Artist Boi Tran, Mr Ho Dang Hoa (Associate Producer, The Vietnam War), Prof Thomas J Vallely and Mr Pham Xuan Hoang An (Harvard Vietnam Program Consultant) (left to right)

It was a great pleasure to meet you, Ms Boi Tran, and your daughter Thuc Doan at your magnificent estate. The food was great, and the conservation was inspiring.
Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality and generous, delicious lunch.

Pham Xuan Hoang An
Harvard Vietnam Program Consultant


Artist Boi Tran and Professor Hai Nguyen
Doan Thuc D Tran – Bem and Professor Tran Xuan Thao – Former Director of the Fulbright Program in Vietnam (1999 – 2010)