I wrote the last post about the beginning of Cursillo to South Vietnam, and this one is about the beginning of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima. Both occurred during the 1960s around the Americanization of the Vietnam War. Catholics in the Philippines were instrumental to the establishment of Cursillo in South Vietnam. When it comes to the Blue Army, however, it was the initiative of a Vietnamese then studying in the U.S., followed by eager assistance from the Americans, Australians, etc. and eager participation among Vietnamese Catholics.
Six years ago today, I went to Pepperdine for a job interview. It was my first time on campus and I remember it distinctly. I met some of my current colleagues during the first two interviews, both of which were held in a room that I’ve walked by all the time since then yet, oddly enough, have never entered again. I had lunch with two faculty, and we sat outside of the cafeteria and looked at the beautiful ocean in the distance.
Vietnamese Engagement with Global and Transnational Catholicism: New Directions in Scholarship
Association of Asian Studies, Annual Conference, Denver
March 22, 2019 @ 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Silver, Tower Bldg.; Mezzanine Level
- Organizer & chair: Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University
- Presenter 1: Anh Tran, SJ, Santa Clara University
- Presenter 2: Lan Ngo, SJ, Loyola Marymount University
- Presenter 3: Claire Lien Tran, Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine (Thailand)
- Presenter 4: Ngoc-Mai Phan, University of California, Berkeley
- Discussant: Charles Keith, Michigan State University
“How many classes,” asked a faculty at the end of a committee meeting three years ago, “is a tenured professor at Stanford required to teach each year?” None of us gave the correct answer, which is one. The same is probably true at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and other top Research I universities in America. I have no idea how teaching is evaluated among these folks—or if it is a category for evaluation. I’d guess, however, that teaching evaluations matter little or not at all at these institutions.