Welcome to the website of the Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vietnamistik (HGV) e.V., the Hamburg Association for Vietnamese Studies. If you are interested in information about Vietnam and Vietnamese Studies in Germany, you will find it here. Officially, the association was founded on April 14, 2004, in Hamburg, with the aim of presenting important features of contemporary and modern Vietnam to a larger public and of promoting knowledge and academic research about Vietnam, its language, culture, history and society. In particular, the association organizes seminars, lectures or colloquia, and issues publications. The association supports and cooperates closely with Vietnamese Studies at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hamburg, and assists in its outreach or by sponsoring activities.
At present, the main efforts are directed towards the Vietnamese language program, for example by organizing intensive classes during the winter or summer break and tandem partnerships for language students. In addition, the association has organized a Vietnamese Language Club and a Vietnamese Film Club. Annual activities include the celebration of Têt (Lunar New Year) at the end of each winter term and the Forum of Vietnamese Culture in the summer term.
Furthermore, the HGV actively promotes a lecture series about Southeast Asia (Südostasien-Kolloquium) at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, supported by all three Hamburg associations for Austronesian, Thai and Vietnamese Studies.
Highlights among past activities include the Vietnamese Culture Days organized at the University of Hamburg and the Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg), on May 20-21, 2005, and the support extended to the Sixth EUROVIET conference at the University of Hamburg (June 6-8, 2008).
The last major event was the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Vietnamese Studies at the University of Hamburg with a colloquium and a Vietnamese Culture Day on June 9-10, 2012.
In 2015 we will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the end of the war (30/4/1975) with a literary-historical event.