On Sept. 13th, 2018, Professor. Philip Taylor – Senior Fellow of Department of Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU) known as the expert in Mekong Sub-region Studies donated his books to An Giang University (AGU).
Attending the ceremony were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Van Thang – AGU Rector; Dr. Waddell from The University of Queensland, Australia; lecturers and Heads of AGU Departments, Faculties, Centers, Library and over 100 students.
Prof. Philip Taylor is an Australian anthropologist with research interests in the Mekong Delta issues. He has had numerous publications on the history, culture, religion, ethnic minorities, and environment of this region. As a Senior Fellow in Anthropology at Australian National University, he has supervised many postgraduate students from Vietnam and other ASEAN countries. He is currently a member of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and was the Editor-in-Chief of Asian – Pacific Journal of Anthropology.
For several years, Prof. Philip Taylor has been living and working in Vietnam and is very fluent in Vietnamese, its dialects, Khmer and Cham languages. With his understanding of and love for the Mekong Delta region and its people, he is author and editor of many research projects and articles on contemporary Vietnamese society, especially the Mekong Delta region.
Prof. Philip Taylor donated 544 books including 193 English books and 397 Vietnamese books, 13 journals and a summary of his doctoral dissertation. This priceless resource covered a variety of disciplines such as culture, religion, ethnicity, human beings, and history... of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta.
On behalf of the Rector Board, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Van Thang sincerely thanked Prof. Philip Taylor for his love for Vietnam, especially for An Giang. The donated books would be very valuable for study, research, and references of AGU staff and students. The best wishes of health were presented to Prof. Philip Taylor by AGU Rector with the hope that there would be more visits paid by Prof. Philip Taylor to An Giang University.
The books were located at the 3rd floor of AGU Library and had been inputted into the database for references.
Anh Thu – Huynh Cam
Translated by Chi Do Na