From Folk Songs to Rap: How Young Vietnamese Generations Preserve and Redefine Traditional Cultural Values

Mr Tiến Nguyễn1

1The University Of Social Sciences And Humanities, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

As the world keeps changing every day, cultural life has also been transformed to adapt new lifestyles and ideologies. But for the traditional cultural values that have lasted for centuries, it is a challenging task for younger generations who are soon to be main resources to develop their countries. How would the younger generations preserve and redefine traditional cultural values inherited from their precursors? This article is based on in-depth research into the adaptation of traditional Vietnamese folk poetry (ca dao) and folksongs (considered the melody of folk poetry) into the modern rap music (a Western musical form of vocal delivery) in the period between 2015 and 2020. Throughout the research, the author used interdisciplinary methods which aim to give an overview of the transmissions from folklore to contemporary life, and examine the importance of Vietnamese young generations efforts to preserve and redefine their nation’s traditional cultural values.


Nguyễn Minh Tiến is an undergraduate student study Literature at University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City. He is doing his researches on Vietnamese traditional performing arts, music history, folklore in the 20th and 21st century society.


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