UCR Hosts Vietnamese Politicians, Discusses Partnership

Vietnamese politicians and professors spent several days touring the city of Riverside and the UCR campus

UCR Provost Paul D’Anieri with Le Hung Dung, Chairman of People's Committee of Can Tho City.

UCR Provost Paul D’Anieri with Le Hung Dung, Chairman of People’s Committee of Can Tho City.

RIVERSIDE – Visitors to Riverside from Can Tho, Vietnam, are hoping that the political distance of the past is over. They spent several days touring the city of Riverside, including the citrus groves and the medical school of UC Riverside, from Tuesday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 22..

The group also visited California Baptist University and La Sierra University.

“The visit is historically significant because it happens on the 20th anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations,” said professor David Biggs, a historian who has lived in Can Tho and studies Southeast Asia. “The visit has been in the works for a while, and Riverside is leading the way in developing new economic, research and educational ties with institutions in Vietnam.”

Can Tho, located in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, is a Sister City of Riverside, and that relationship will be celebrated with a signing ceremony during the visit.

Biggs wrote his first book “Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Deltaafter his time in Can Tho.

For Vietnam, Biggs said, “this is a chance to demonstrate the potential for forging new business opportunities, research relationships and friendship between the countries at a very critical time given world events.”

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