2018

  • Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), the Global General Education and Asian Texts: What Should Students Read? Conference, Concordia University Irvine (July)
    • Presenter, “Not Lovers But Friends: The Final Decision in The Tale of Kieu”
    • Chair, the panel “Religion and Texts: Talking Across Barriers”

 

  • Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), Annual Conference, Framingham, MA (April)
    • Presenter, “New Money, New Love: Naval Officers in Persuasion.”
    • Chair, the panel “Displacement: Refugees, Immigrants, Rebels”

 

  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Annual Meeting, UCLA (March)
    • Presenter, “The Exilic Mind in the Literature of Vietnamese Refugees”

 

  • Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Annual Conference, Washington, DC (March)
    • Presenter, “Ultramontanism, Nationalism, and the Fall of Saigon: Historicizing Vietnamese Catholicism in America”
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ACLA @ UCLA: With the organizers and participants of the seminar “Southeast Asian Literature & Cultural Politics in the Diaspora”

2017

  • Invited talk for the series Vietnamese Program Speaker, The Vietnamese Program, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, California State University, Fullerton (November)
    • Presenter, “From Reeducation Camps to Little Saigons: Vietnamese Postwar Incarceration and Diasporic Anticommunist Protests”
      Vietnamese Speaker Flyer reeducation camp 2017
  • Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), Annual Conference, Dallas (April)

    • Presenter, “Viola the Refugee”
    • Chair & organizer, the panel “Outsiders in Core Texts”
    • Chair, the panel “Opportunities and Difficulties of Cross-Cultural, Cross-Civilizational Texts and Programs”

 

  • Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), Biennial Student Conference, Concordia University Irvine (March)

    • Faculty participant & judge (best papers)

 

  • Invited talk on the panel “Vietnam in Context,” Rollins College (January 29)

    • Presenter, “Family & Nation: Starting Points Towards a History of Vietnamese Refugees in the U.S.”
  • L: With Nhung Walsh at Engaging with Vietnam (University of Hawaii’, 2016)
  • R: Panel with Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL), herself a former Vietnamese refugee (Rollins College, 2017)

2016

  • Humanities & Teacher Education Division (HUTE) Symposium (October)
    • Presenter, “One Vision, Two Projects: The Fall of Troy and the Fall of Saigon–and How to Get Them Done in the Next Ten Years!”

 

  • The Eighth Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (October)
    • Presenter, “Lost, Mourned, and Retrieved:  Identity and the Nation in the Music of Vietnamese Refugees, 1975-1990”
    • Chair & discussant, the panel “War, Art, and Memory”
    • Chair & discussant, the panel “Vietnamese Diasporic Community, Scholarship, and Art”
    • Discussant, the keynote session “Music, Politics, Commercialization in Contemporary Vietnam”

 

  • Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) Conference, Cal State University, Northridge (June)
    • Presenter, “Lost, Mourned, and Retrieved:  Identity and the Nation in the Music of Vietnamese Refugees, 1975-1990”
    • Organizer, the panel “Postwar Music in Vietnam and the Diaspora”

 

  • Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), Annual Conference, Atlanta (April)
    • Presenter, “Shock, Loss, Grief: The Fall of Troy and the Fall of Saigon”

ACTC 2016 title

2015

  • Pepperdine University, Convocation panel (October)
    • Organizer & moderator, “Who Is A Refugee? Pepperdine Faculty and Staff Sharing Their Experience as Refugees and Children of Refugees”

 

  • Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles, monthly luncheon (September)
    • Moderator, the panel “Newfound Friends: Prospects for American and Vietnamese Partnership”

 

  • Lilly Graduate Fellows Conference Current Trends in Christian Scholarship and the Future of the Christian University, Pepperdine University (August)
    • Presenter, “‘Cradle Catholic–Ridiculous Phrase; Who Invented It?’: My Religious Upbringing and Historical Sensibility”

 

 2014

  • The Sixth Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference, University of Oregon (November)
    • Presenter, “From Reeducation Camps to Little Saigons: Historicizing Vietnamese American Anticommunism”
    • Panel organizer, “Vietnamese in the Diaspora: Culture, History, and Identity”
    • Discussant, the keynote session “Centers and Their Cultural Peripheries”

 

  • Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), Annual Conference, Los Angeles (April)
    • Presenter, “Teaching Molière’s Tartuffe and the Comic Spirit in Great Books”
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Serving as discussant at Engaging with Vietnam, University of Oregon, 2014 ~ pc Liam Kelley

2011

  • ASPAC/WCAAS Joint Conference, Pomona College (June)
    • Presenter, “Viet Ve Nuoc My: Vietnamese Immigrants Writing About America”

 2009

  • Presenter, “From Hanoi to Saigon: Discourse on Individualism in Mid-Century Vietnam”

 2008

  • Beyond Dichotomies: Alternative Voices and Histories in Post-Colonial Vietnam, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Washington (May)
  • Presenter, “The Promotion of Bourgeois Values in Saigon”

 

  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Annual Conference, Atlanta (April)
  • Presenter, “Anticommunist and Bourgeois Values in Saigon, 1955-1960”

 

  • The US and the Pacific World, The American West Center, University of Utah (February)
  • Presenter, “Political and Cultural Linkages: South Vietnamese Urban Society and Postwar Vietnamese-American Settlements”

 2007

  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Annual Conference, Boston (March)
  • Presenter, “Ethnic Nationalism in Wartime Southern Vietnamese Music”
  • Organizer, the panel “Vietnamese Nationalism from Wartime to Present”

 

  • New Vietnam War Revisionism, Williams College (February)

    • Participant

 2006

  •  Great Lakes History Annual Conference, Grand Valley State University (October)

    • Presenter, “The Impact of Americanization on the South Vietnamese Urban Society”

 

  • Going with the Past: Vietnamese Traditional Culture in Contemporary Society, Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, Temple University (October)

    • Presenter, “The Hoc Lam Nguoi (Learning To Be Human) Books in Modern Vietnamese Culture”

 

  • Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Conference, Cornell University (April)

    • Presenter, “Nationalism, Personalism, and Vatican II: The Origin of Anti-Americanism From the Catholic Left in South Vietnam”

 

  • Gender Myths, Gender Meanings: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Gender in East, South and Southeast Asia, Harvard University (April)

    • Presenter, “The Diminishment of Manhood: The Role of Gender in the Protest Movement of South Vietnamese Disabled Veterans, 1970-1971”

 

  • ARVN: Reflections and Reassessments After 30 Years, The Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University (March)

    • Presenter, “Economic Deprivation, Diminished Manhood, and Anti-Americanism: The Protest Movement of Disabled ARVN Veterans, 1970-1971”