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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Fieldwork on Two Wheels in Hanoi, Vietnam, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Ride

Fieldwork on Two Wheels in Hanoi, Vietnam, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Ride

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(p.47) Fieldwork on Two Wheels in Hanoi, Vietnam, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Ride
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At Home and in the Field
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Margaret Barnhill Bodemer

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0010

This chapter discusses an important lesson in participant observation in fieldwork, by positioning the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology—or rather, its location—as the center of a vibrant periphery that can offer invaluable insights and experiences for the ethnographer. The main argument here is that the initial starting point—the museum, where the chapter author's fieldwork is to take place—constitutes but part of a larger “field” within which the discerning ethnographer operates. In ethnographic fieldwork, experiencing the everyday lives of people in your fieldwork site is essential. Ideally, the anthropologist should be involved in the world around themselves as much as possible, observing what people do, and establishing a means to analyze everyday life in addition to their specific topic of study.

Keywords:   museums, commutes, Vietnam, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, fieldwork, fieldwork sites, Vietnamese neighborhood, participant observation

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