mien-thuy tran



river of ten thousand springs is an enquiry into the notion of national identity and its paradoxicality.

national identity within each individual is inexplicable. no one is Vietnamese by themselves. we are placed in a predetermined socio-cultural framework. the strong collision with surrounding cultures, foreign imports, and the relentless fluctuations of history have diluted the Vietnamese identity, making it an unknown concept.

the project makes a thesis: national identity is an imagination, but an undeniable one. what makes us so Vietnamese, apart from social interactions and collective belief which is vulnerable? are we able to know who we are, while our origin is built from unverifiable myths and oral history?