The Lao academic field
It is well known that intercultural contacts result in hybridization of various kinds (Nederveen Pieterse 2004a)—but how and to what degree?1 Evidently, intercultural contact has changed its character with the most recent impacts of globalization. While in colonial times, Western culture reached only a small percentage of the world’s population, today the effects of globalization reach everyone. This chapter contrasts the process of hybridization that is affecting contemporary Lao academia with earlier forms of hybridization in the Lao education system. It argues that there have been different forms of hybridization, depending on the configurations in place in any given historical period.