The 7th “Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference

The 7th “Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference

in combination with

The First Vietnam-US Higher Education Forum 

July 7-8, 2015

Hanoi, Vietnam

Organization partners:

University of Hawaii at Manoa – USA

Hanoi University of Business and Technology- Vietnam

Portland State University – USA

Venue: Tu Son Campus of Hanoi University of Business and Technology

English: Hanoi University of Business and Technology, Ly Thai To Str., Dinh Bang, Tu Son town, Bac Ninh Province.
Vietnamese: Trường đại học Kinh doanh và Công nghệ Hà Nội, phố Lý Thái Tổ, phường Đình Bảng, thị xã Từ Sơn, tỉnh Bắc Ninh.


This year the 7th Engaging with Vietnam Conference will join the U.S. Mission and Vietnam partners in commemorating the past, present and future of relations between the two countries. The conference will dedicate day one to the 1st Vietnam-US Higher Education Forum, which hopefully will be annual from now on. You are invited to this exciting two-day event in Hanoi this July!

Day 1: The 1st Vietnam-US Higher Education Forum


The Internationalization of Higher Education: Policies and Practices

Organizing Committee: Phan Le Ha (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Dang Van Huan (Portland State University), and Nguyen Ngoc Hung (Hanoi University of Business and Technology)

Presentations on Day 1 are solicited by invitation only. Attendance is open to all via registration on the website.

Day 2: The 7th Engaging with Vietnam Conference 


Knowledge Journeys and Journeying Knowledge


The Engaging with Vietnam conference series has been, since the time of its inception, interested in the production of knowledge about Vietnam. This interest stems from the realization that the knowledge that people produce about Vietnam depends on many factors, such as where people are located and what they know. Put simply, people inside of Vietnam and people outside of Vietnam approach the study of Vietnam with different ideas, and come to different conclusions. This dichotomy is then complicated by the fact that people inside of Vietnam journey to places outside of the country to study, and people from outside of Vietnam journey to Vietnam to study and conduct research. These physical journeys lead to intellectual journeys that change people’s ideas, something that we can call “knowledge journeys.”

At the same time, academic theories from around the globe (China, France, Russia, North America, etc.) have journeyed all over the world in recent decades as well and have changed the way people think too. We can call these mobile theories “journeying knowledge.”

The Seventh Engaging With Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue conference seeks to examine both of these phenomena – knowledge journeys and journeying knowledge – in an effort to understand how they influence the way that people produce knowledge about Vietnam.
Conference Chairs and Convenors:

Phan Le Ha (University of Hawai’i at Manoa & Monash University) & Liam Kelley (University of Hawai’i at Manoa),

Nguyen Ngoc Hung & Pham Sy Tien (Hanoi University of Business and Technology),

Pham Quang Minh (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU Hanoi), &

Dang Van Huan (MOET & Portland State University)


Conference Program

Please click here to download the Conference Program.


Keynote and Invited Speakers

Born in India, Dr. Fazal Rizvi was educated in India, Australia and the UK, and is currently a professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He is also a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the Asia Education Foundation. He has published extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, theories of globalization and education policy and more recently Indian higher education. His latest book is Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010). His selected papers have recently been published under the title, Encountering Education in the Global (Routledge 2014).


Dr. Pham Quang Minh is associate professor of history and politics at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University-Hanoi. After receiving his PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) in 2002, he first became deputy head, and then head of the International Studies Department at USSH, and in 2012 Pham Quang Minh was promoted to Vice-Rector for research affairs at the university. His main teaching and researching interests include world politics, Asia-Pacific international relations, and Vietnam’s foreign policy. His articles have appeared in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Asia-Pacific Review, and Asia Europe Journal; he has also recently contributed a chapter “East Asia and the Pacific: The Regional Roles of Vietnam and Korea,” to Joon-Woo Park, Gi-Wook Shin, and Donald W. Keyser (eds.), Asias Middle Powers? The Identity and Regional Policy of South Korea and Vietnam, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University 2013, pp. 73-97.

Dr. Peter Zinoman is Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include the cultural, social, and political history of modern Vietnam and the history of 20th century Vietnamese literature. His works include The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001) and a translation (with Nguyen Nguyet Cam) of the colonial-era novel, Dumb Luck (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002). He is currently writing a book on Vu Trong Phung and the emergence of modernism in Vietnam. Professor Zinoman is also one of the co-founders and the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.


Dr. Danny Wong Tze Ken is from the Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, MALAYSIA. His expertise includes history of Vietnam, history of Southeast Asia, and history of Sabah. Professor Wong Tze Ken is well published in all these areas.




Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and the Head and Senior Lecturer of Division of Americas Studies of Faculty of International Studies (FIS), University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), which is a member of Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi), and a former Deputy Dean of FIS, USSH, VNU. She holds a Ph.D. degree in world history. She was awarded the Harvard-Yenching Institute Scholarship to pursue her graduate studies at Cornell University, receiving an M.A. degree in Asian Studies in 1999. She has been involved in the American Studies Program in the Faculty of International Studies at USSH, VNU, concentrating in U.S. foreign policy/relations. In association with American Studies Program at FIS, she had opportunities to visit a number of American Studies models in China, Japan and the United
States under the sponsorship of the Asia Foundation and the US State Department. In 2003, she participated in an “International Visitor Program” on the theme of “American Studies”, visiting various American universities, offices of state and local governments, civilian centers, museums in Washington D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; Fairfield, CT; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Iowa City, IA; New Orleans, LA; Santa Fe, NM; and San Fransisco, CA, under the sponsorship of the US State Department. She was also offered travel grants by The Mellon Foundation, The Asia Foundation, The American Studies Association, the Canada’s International Development Research Centre to attend a number of international and Vietnamese workshops and conferences on United States-associated Studies and Canada-associated Studies. Dr. Thuy is the author of more than forty papers and three books on aspects of U.S. foreign policy/relations.

Dr. Huan Dang (Dang Van Huan) has been a tenured official of the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam since 2003. Currently, he is working with the Center for Public Service, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University (PSU) as Vietnam Program Manager & Director for Vietnam Relations of the 20th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between United States and Vietnam Grant. One of his major roles is to work with both PSU and Vietnamese institutions to develop public leadership training programs for senior public officials of Vietnam.

With a scholarship from the Vietnamese government and PSU, Dr. Dang completed his PhD Program in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University in 2012. Earlier, he received the Master of Public Administration Degree in 2007 at Roger Williams University, in Rhode Island, U.S. and earned his Bachelor Degree in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2001.

Dr. Dang’s specialization and research interests include: Vietnam contemporary politics and policy changes; policy process theories; policy change models; higher education policies and development of Vietnam, South Korea, and China; public leadership training for Vietnam; Vietnam’s state-owned enterprise management policies, and democratization process in Asia.

Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages at Hanoi University, a.k.a. Vietnam National University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, with a B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and British Literature. She was an East West Center degree fellow (2000-2003) while doing graduate study in American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As an East West Center student representative, she was actively involved in many student community activities and was awarded with a Distinguished Service Award (2001). In 2011, her dissertation won the annual prize from the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Dr. Turner had extensive experience in Vietnam as an English instructor, educational advisor, and pre-departure trainer to young Vietnamese scholars preparing for the study in the U.S. or Australia. Between 2006-2009, she worked as a lecturer of U.S. diplomatic history at the Faculty of International Studies, Hanoi University.
Since her immigration to the U.S. in 2009, Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner has worked as a Vietnamese lecturer at Yale University and also as an instructor of Vietnamese language and culture at the U.S. Department of State. She earned her PhD in 2011 with a specialization in U.S.-Vietnam postwar relations. Currently, she is a lecturer of Vietnamese language and literature at the University of Washington.

Dr. Trần Trọng Dương is Researcher of the Institue of Sino – Nom Studies at Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences at Hanoi. He’s also a visiting lecturer of Vietnam Buddhist Academy at Hanoi. His research interests include historical Vietnamese (linguistics), etymololy, Nom script, and medieval Vietnamese history. His works include: A Study on Nom Script and Vietnamese Language in the Translations of “Khoa Hu Luc” (Hanoi: Encyclopaedia Publisher, 2012), A Study on One-Pilar Pagoda in Ly Dynasty, (Tp. Ho Chi Minh: Hong Duc Publisher, 2013), A Dictionary of  Nguyen Trai’s “Quoc am thi tap” (Nguyen Trai quoc am tu đien, Hanoi: Encyclopaedia Publisher, 2014), The Heritage of Chem Temple (Hanoi: The Gioi Publisher, 2015).

Trần Trọng Dương, tiến sĩ Ngữ văn chuyên ngành Hán Nôm, hiện công tác tại Viện NC Hán Nôm, Viện Hàn lâm Khoa học Xã hội Việt Nam, giảng sư thỉnh giảng Học viện Phật Giáo Việt Nam. Các mối quan tâm chính: ngôn ngữ học lịch sử (tiếng Việt), từ nguyên học, văn tự học chữ Nôm, lịch sử cổ trung đại Việt Nam. Đã công bố một số bài viết trên các tạp chí chuyên ngành và một số sách vở khoa học: Chữ Nôm và tiếng Việt qua các bản dịch Khóa hư lục (2012), Kiến trúc một cột thời Lý (2013), Nguyễn Trãi quốc âm từ điển (2014), …

Tran Quang Duc is an independent researcher, educated in Vietnam and China. His first book “Ngàn năm áo mũ – Lịch sử Trang phục Việt Nam giai đoạn 1009 – 1945” (Thousand years of Vietnamese clothing: A history of Vietnamese clothing between 1009 and 1945) published in 2013 was a great success. He is currently teaching Han-Nom (Sino-Nom) as well as working on his next book focusing on Vietnamese past.



David Joiner was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Earlham College and majored in Japanese Studies. During his junior year he made his first trip to Asia – a five-month study abroad program in Sapporo, Japan. Nine years and several trips to Asia later he earned his MFA from the University of Arizona where he studied fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. He has been shuttling between the US, Vietnam, and Japan for all of his adult life.
David has lived and worked in Vietnam seven different times. His earliest experience in Vietnam was as a volunteer teacher in 1994 when he became the first American since the end of the Vietnam War to live and work in Dong Nai province. He has spent more than 10 of the last 20 years in Vietnam, making his home in such places as Saigon, Hanoi, Mui Ne, and Bien Hoa.
He is currently working on a second novel set on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, and recently moved to Kanazawa, Japan, where he hopes to write about Japan.

Featured Participants


Dr. Ilene Crawford is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT USA. She teaches courses in rhetoric, interdisciplinary studies, feminist theory, and pedagogy. Her research examines second language identity formation, English language teacher training, and higher education reform in the US and Vietnam. As a 2010 Fulbright scholar at the University of Education-Ho Chi Minh City she taught American Literature and Intercultural Communication. She is currently a 2015-17 Flex grant Fulbright scholar at the University of Education-Ho Chi Minh City’s Institute for Education Research, where she is researching emerging models of English language teacher training and the impact of liberal arts models of undergraduate education for Vietnamese students.


Dr. Kim D. Nguyen is the Vice Director General in charge of international relations and research in higher education, educational assessment, evaluation and accreditation of the Institute for Educational Research (IER), Ho Chi  Minh City University of Education. She has been working for IER for more than 10 years. Kim’s expertise includes educational management, leadership in education, quality assurance and accreditation, research in education, educational assessment, evaluation, student evaluation and teaching methods. She has served various clients including The Ministry of Education and Training, departments of Education and Training, universities, colleges and schools in both public and private sectors.  She has built and participated in extensive quality networks in Vietnam, both at central government and local levels in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Kim Dung has extensive experience with transition in education management, gained in Australia, the US and Vietnam. She has published numerous articles on various educational issues in leading educational journals, both international and national such as Quality in Higher Education, Educational Review and Education Science.
Having assisted many customers in both public and private sectors, international and national, Dr. Kim Dung has built sound relationship with the Vietnam Government agencies at both central and local levels, and has extensive network with foreign professional networks and organizations in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Dr. Marcus Ingle is a Professor of Public Administration and Director of International Public Service in the Center of Public Service (CPS), Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University in Oregon. His career spans more than 35 years of experience in 80 plus countries with governance improvement initiatives from local to multi-national levels in the public, academic and corporate sectors including for the U.S. Agency for International Development, The World Bank Group and the University of Maryland. In the Center for Public Service he directs the applied research initiative on “Public Service Breakthrough Innovation” and serves as a public leadership and management facilitator for many co-produced programs and initiatives domestically and globally. From 1997 to 2003 he worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, the worldwide strategy and technology consulting firm, in Colombia, Vietnam, Hungary and the Balkans. Professor Ingle earned his B.A. from University of California, Riverside, his MPA from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1977.

Jay Craig Hartwell was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam from 2013-2014, when he conducted journalism workshops and lectures for 950 students at Hue, Da Nang, Can Tho, and Thai Nguyen universities and for 90 professionals with the Vietnam Journalists Association. He came to the University of Hawaiʻi in 1997 after winning Book of the Year honors from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association. He was a reporter for The Honolulu Advertiser from 1980-1988 after getting his Master’s of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. As the faculty adviser to his university’s student media programs, he earned the College Media Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award.


Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communications, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Ha Noi. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Ha Noi National University and a Ph.D. in Public Relations from Sogang University, Korea. Although PR is her academic specialty, Huyen is in charge of managing the journalism undergraduate program at USSH-Ha Noi. Among other media research trends, she studies theoretical and practical issues on information access by journalists in the global and Internet era and the relationships between journalists and information sources.


Dr. Trieu Thanh Le is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. A Master of Art graduate from Stockholm University, Le has joined in setting up and teaching cooperative USSH media education programs with Stirling (UK) and Deakin (Australia) universities. She also has coordinated multimedia training programs sponsored by U.S. Department of State and British Council, including “Improving Journalism Curriculum in Vietnam”. Le has coauthored an online media course book and currently leads a USSH project addressing English-language programs for journalism students. She is completing her doctorate from the Institute of Journalism and Propaganda in Ha Noi.


Conveners and Featured Chairs

Dr. Phan Le Ha (Phan is the family name), PhD, is a Full Professor in the College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. Professor Phan also holds adjunct positions at universities in Vietnam and Australia. Her expertise includes language-identity-pedagogy studies, knowledge mobility and production, TESOL, and international and higher education. She is the founder of Engaging with Vietnam, which since 2009 has brought together policy makers, researchers, and professionals working in a wide range of countries and organizations to engage with Vietnam-related scholarship from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives and approaches. She looks forward to your helping the Initiative to blossom and sustain itself as a continuing rigorous dialogue.

Phan Le Ha’s expertise, knowledge and experiences are largely informed by her work in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and North America. She has been supervising/advising research projects at Honours, Master’s and PhD levels on a wide range of topics, including identity studies, English language education in global contexts, transnational/offshore education, and the internationalisation of education more broadly.

Her publications can be found on:

Professor Phan is currently developing a new interest in engaging with the arts, the media and the digital world to produce multimodal multidisciplinary scholarship and to push research and knowledge production into new directions.

Dr. Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa. His research and teaching focuses on mainland Southeast Asian history, and premodern Vietnamese history. Dr. Kelley is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. He has published a book on envoy poetry (thơ đi sứ), co-edited a book on China’s Southern frontiers, and published articles and book chapters on the invention of traditions in medieval Vietnam, the emergence of Vietnamese nationalism and spirit writing (giáng bút) in early twentieth century Vietnam. He has also completed English translations of the outer annals (ngoại kỷ) of the Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư and the Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mực. Dr. Kelley is currently writing a monograph on the modern search for Viet origins and developing his arts-inspired interests on knowledge production which can be found on his personal blog ( and its associated YouTube channel.

Dr. Liam Kelley, since 2011, has been co-developing the Engaging with Vietnam initiative with Dr. Phan Le Ha.

Dr. Pham Sy Tien is Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Hanoi University of Business and Technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Pham held key positions at University of Transport and Communication in Hanoi and was Director of Project 322 and General Director of Graduate Education, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. His expertise includes teaching and conducting research in mechanical engineering and higher education policy.



Dr. Donald B. Young is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Science Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Young previously served as Director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the College of Education and Director of the Hawai‘i Educational Policy Center. As CRDG Director, Dr. Young oversaw the research and development agenda of the unit as well as its partnership with the University Laboratory School, a K–12 school of approximately 450 students that serves as a laboratory for research and development to improve learning, teaching, and assessment.

Dr. Young has been curriculum developer and principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts. He has been involved for over 35 years in the research, development, dissemination, and evaluation of multiple K–12 science programs that are used in the U.S. and in several foreign countries. In addition, he has worked extensively throughout the Pacific Island islands in support of science education. He taught science in grades 6–9 for 13 years, as well as in undergraduate, graduate, and in-service teacher education programs. His research activities have been in learning and teaching science, program dissemination, multi-dimensional assessment, and program scale up, implementation and maintenance in schools. Dr. Young holds degrees from the State University of New York–Albany and the University of Hawai‘i.

Associate Professor Dr. Phan Van Que is Dean of the Graduate School of English Language Education, Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT), Vietnam. Prior to this, Dr. Phan was Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of English and Modern Languages, Hanoi Open University. He was the Governing Board Member of Vietnam to SEAMEO SEAMOLEC from 2001 to 2011.

Phan Van Que is the recipient of several projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, including those in the areas of foreign language policy and distance education in Southeast Asian countries.

Phan Van Que sees himself as a mobile scholar. He received his education in Vietnam and Australia. His research areas embed mobility in many ways, including the research sites, nature of inquiry and knowledge flow. He has published in books, journals and has given many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Peter Arnade is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and professor of history.  His scholarship has concerned early modern history.




Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung is currently the Director of the TESOL Center at Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT). He had held senior positions at the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam before joining HUBT. Dr. Nguyen also worked at Hanoi University (formerly known as University of Foreign Languages) as an English language lecturer and trainer for many years.
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung is interested in the role of ICTs in education in general and in English language teaching and learning in particular. His expertise and interests also include interpretation and translation studies, and testing and evaluation.