15-16 July 2019, Leiden, the Netherlands

Co-Organizing Partner

In conjunction with The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference (ICAS 11) 16 - 19 July 2019, Leiden, the Netherlands

Founders of Engaging With Vietnam

Phan Le Ha & Liam C. Kelley (Co-Founders of Engaging With Vietnam, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA & Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)


PHAN Le-Ha, Liam C. KELLEY (University of Hawaii at Manoa & Universiti Brunei Darussalam), & Philippe M.F. PEYCAM (International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands)

members of the organizing team

LE Thuy Linh (Monash University, Australia), TRAN Kien (School of Law, VNU Hanoi), VU Minh Hoang (Cornell University), CHAU Duong Quang (SUNY Albany), DANG Phuong Anh & NGO Thi Diem Hang (HNUE, Vietnam), TRAN Le Hoa Tranh (USSH HCMC), TRAN Nguyen Khang (USSH HCMC), and NGUYEN Huu Su (SOAS, University of London)


Lê Thùy Linh


Vietnam in Europe, Europe in Vietnam: Identity, Transnationality and Mobility of People, Ideas and Practices across Time and Space

While the equation of “Europe” with “France” is a phenomenon that was prominent in Vietnam in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, over the past 70 years there have been numerous different “Vietnams” that have engaged with numerous different “Europes,” and vice versa. From students, immigrants and refugees from the Republic of Vietnam, to students, workers, immigrants and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to the wide population of Vietnamese who travel by different means and routes to work, tour, build, invest, live and study in Europe today, there has been a constant flow of different Vietnamese to different Europes for decades now. Moving in the other direction has been a flow of people, ideas, technologies that have likewise brought different “Europes” to different “Vietnams.” The 11th Engaging With Vietnam conference examined these issues under the theme of “Vietnam in Europe, Europe in Vietnam: Identity, Transnationality, and Mobility of People, Ideas and Practices Across Time and Space.”

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Phan Lê Hà

Phan Lê Hà (Phan is the family name), PhD, is a Full Professor in the College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and is currently a Senior Professor at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 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 Lê Hà’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.

Liam C. Kelley

Associate Professor Liam Kelley is in the History Department at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently serving as a researcher in The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. His research and teaching focuses on Southeast Asian history. 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 new media-inspired interest in knowledge production which can be found on his personal blog (leminhkhai.wordpress.com) and its associated YouTube channel.

Since 2011, Dr. Kelley has been co-developing the Engaging with Vietnam initiative with Dr. Phan Lê Hà.

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

Philippe Peycam

Philippe Peycam is the director of the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a trained historian whose recent book traces the origins of a Vietnamese public culture of contestation during the colonial occupation, The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism: Saigon 1916-30, was recently published by Columbia University Press (May, 2012). For 10 years, Dr Peycam worked as founding director of the Center for Khmer Studies, an academic and capacity building organization in Cambodia, a hybrid transnational institutional model which is both Cambodian and American (a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers network). This double trajectory stems from an early interest in phenomena such as colonialism and modes of resistance to it; the creative role of the city as a privileged environment for new forms of social and cultural interactions, and, ultimately, consciousness; the importance of cultural forms and representations from material and immaterial heritages to institutional knowledge production, and the challenge of building cross-cultural, transnational institutional bridges out of these contexts. He sees these intellectual interests as having implications for concrete development policies in today’s postcolonial societies. From 2010-2011, he was a United States Institute of Peace’s Jenning Randolph Fellow. Since 2009, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Jonathan D. London

Jonathan D. London is Associate Professor of Political Economy at Leiden University’s Institute for Area Studies. London is author of Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). His recent Vietnam-focused publications include three edited collections of essays, including the Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam (Routledge 2019), Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (Palgrave 2014), and Education in Vietnam (ISEAS 2011), as well as research articles in such journals as the Annual Review of Political Science, the Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Social Science and Medicine. London has served as an analyst for such international organisations as the UNDP, UNICEF and OXFAM and London is author of the first and only Vietnamese-language blog on Vietnamese politics written by a foreigner. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

Lan Anh Hoang

Lan Anh Hoang is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series ‘Anthropology, Change, and Development.’ Her research interests are migration and transnationalism, sexualities and gender, social networks and social capital, and identity and belonging. Her work has been published in many journals including Gender and Society, Gender, Place and Culture, Global Networks, Population, Space and Place, Geoforum, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Her most recent work – a sole-authored monograph entitled Vietnamese Migrants in Moscow: Mobility in Times of Uncertainty and an edited volume (with Cheryll Alipio) entitled Money and Moralities in Contemporary Asia – are under contract with Amsterdam University Press.

Gerard Sasges

Gerard Sasges is an Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at Singapore National University. After living in Vietnam for more than ten years and completing a Ph.D. at Berkeley under Peter Zinoman, he joined the NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies in 2012. His work uses technology as a means to explore processes of historical change. His book Imperial intoxication: Alcohol and the Making of Colonial Indochina (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) uses the introduction of new technologies for producing alcohol to explore how colonial rule was elaborated and experienced. Along the way, it sheds new light on topics like colonial economic development, interactions among Vietnamese, French, and Sino-Vietnamese, the operation of the colonial state in space, and political change. His current work uses marine science and fisheries technologies to explore processes of decolonization, nation-building, economic development, and environmental change in the late colonial and Cold War periods. Alongside all of this, Gerard has an abiding interest in documenting how ordinary Southeast Asians make their ways and live their lives in a period of rapid change. Since 2010 Gerard and his students have been interviewing people about their jobs, first in Vietnam and now in Singapore. One result has been a book, published in English as It’s a Living: Life and Work in Vietnam Today (NUS Press, 2013), and in Vietnamese as Việt Nam ngày nay – Chuyện mưu sinh (NXB Thái Hà, 2014). Another is the forthcoming Hard at Work: Life and Labor in Singapore, also with the NUS Press, slated for publication in 2019.

Lâm Lê

Born in 1948 in Haiphong, Vietnam, Lâm Lê is a director, artist and writer. His most recent film is Công Binh, la longue nuit indochinoise (2013). His first film, Rencontre des nuages et du dragon (1980) was officially selected at the Cannes film festival in 1981. His second film, Poussière d’empire (1983), was partially shot in Vietnam. He has also made 20 nuits et un jour de pluie (2006).

Trần Lê Hoa Tranh

Associate Professor Trần Lê Hoa Tranh is chair of the Department of Foreign Literature and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Literature at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, HCMC. She specializes in Oriental Literature, Contemporary Vietnamese and Chinese Literature and Female Literature. She is the author/co-author of Chinese Women Literature from the End of 20th to the Early of 21th Century, Lu Xun- the Spirit of Modern China. She has written on diverse topics like Lu Xun, Jin Yong, female literature, and immigrant literature. In 2007, she joined the Faculty Exchange Program at the University of Findlay in Ohio, sponsored by the ASEAN Network. In late 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley. She is presently the guest speaker and producer of the HTV7 program Pure with Vietnamese.

Catherine Earl

Dr. Catherine Earl, a social anthropologist, has taught in universities in Australia (Monash University, Victoria University) and Vietnam (Vietnam National University), and has received many awards for her teaching style. Her PhD thesis (2008) researches the rise of the upper middle class in Vietnam cities, based on a 15 month field study in Ho Chi Minh City. Her research, which looks into the life of educated women migrating from rural areas to cities, – and her book Vietnam’s New Middle Classes: Gender, Career, City (NIAS Press, 2014) – demonstrate how urbanization in Vietnam (and elsewhere in Southeast Asia) has changed not only the rural and urban life, but also the traditional gender roles. At present Catherine is studying the living environment in megacities based on the example of Ho Chi Minh City, while being also interested in the fate of children and young individuals in the conflict zones and diaspora communities of Southeast Asia.

Richard Quang-Anh Tran

Richard Quang-Anh Tran is a scholar of queer theory and is completing a manuscript on the history of variant genders and sexualities in twentieth-century Vietnam. He is presently Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and North African Studies at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Lê Thùy Linh

Lê Thùy Linh​ (PhD) is a Teaching Associate at Monash University and is currently the Director of Studies at Federation Technology Institute in Melbourne, Australia. With more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and management, Linh has been actively involved in English language training, foundation studies and teacher education through her work, and with various professional development projects across Vietnam and Australia. Linh’s research interests include Teacher Education and Teacher Identity, Moral issues in Teacher Education, Pedagogy and Assessment in TESOL, Professionalism in ELT, and recently, Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Linh has also served as the conference secretary since the very first Engaging With Vietnam conference!!! Engaging With Vietnam would not be possible without her. Thank you, Linh!!!!!

Tamsin Barmer

Dr. Tamsin Barber is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research interests are in ‘race’, ethnicity, youth and migration with a focus on exclusion, inclusion, belonging and identity formation among the UK Vietnamese. Her 2015 monograph ‘Oriental’ Identities in Super-Diverse Britain: Young Vietnamese in London analyses constructions of identity and belonging among the Vietnamese diaspora in London. Her interest has been to understand how this population challenges and disrupts more dominant constructions of ‘racial’ and ethnic groups in Britain and how processes of Orientalism shape the experience of the East and Southeast Asians in Britain more broadly. Her more recent research has explored motivations, journeys and reflections of new labour migrants between Vietnam and the UK (with Dr. Phuc Van Nguyen, Trung Vuong University, Vietnam, funded by the Newton Mobility Fund). She is currently working on a British Academy project with Dr. Diana Yeh (City University) called: ‘Becoming East/Southeast Asian: Youth Politics of Belonging in Superdiverse Britain’, this research examines the emerging Southeast/East Asian youth identities and social spaces in urban Britain and the changing significance of ‘race’ and ethnicity in ‘superdiverse’ contexts.

Trần Nguyên Khang

Trần Nguyên Khang is a lecturer at Faculty of International Relations, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Ho Chi Minh City. Khang got his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Political Science in France (2008). In 2017, he earned his PhD with honors in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. At USSH, his teaching is mainly focused on Globalization, Global Issues, and Power in International Relations and Intercultural Communication. In 2016, Khang was invited as Guest Lecturer in University of Findlay, Ohio, USA. Khang’s research interest now concentrate on Soft Power in comparison, which has been presented and published on domestic as well as international journals, books and conferences. In 2018, his very first book came out on “France’s soft power – some theorical and pratical issues”. In 2018 and 2019, Khang was granted by the Japan Foundation for the research field trip programs in Japan and USA on soft power. Currently, Khang is also the host of some television programs on Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV). 

Emmanuelle Peyvel

Dr. Emmanuelle Peyvel is an Associate Professor in Geography at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale. Since 2005, her research has dealt with the development of tourism and leisure in Việt Nam. Between 2005 and 2007, she obtained a Lavoisier scholarship from the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs that allowed her to live for 2 years in Hà Nội. In 2008, she completed her Vietnamese training at the INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations, Paris). In 2009, she defended a PhD thesis on domestic tourism in Việt Nam. Today, she’s focused on the role of recreative mobilities in the construction and the globalization of Vietnamese cities. As a member of the Institute of East Asian Studies (Lyon), she’s part of the Virtual Saigon research program. She teaches Tourism Studies in France and Việt Nam as a member of the AUF network.

Sử Nguyễn

Sử Nguyễn is a researcher and calligrapher. He is currently serving as a researcher in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the Institute for Religious Studies, of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

His research and teaching focuses on Vietnamese Buddhism history, iconology of Buddhist arts under Lý-Trần dynasties (1010- 1400) and later Lê dynasty (1533-1789), humanistic themes in the arts of the Communal house in Vietnam. Sử Nguyễn is the author of History of Vietnamese Calligraphy, (Vietnam foreign language publishing house 2017).

Since 2018, Su Nguyen has been studying at SOAS, University of London.

Cường Phạm

Cường Phạm is a London-based researcher and community worker. He recently finished a Master’s in Southeast Asian studies at SOAS, where his thesis explored the Vietnamese diasporic experience through hip-hop. He is also actively involved in the local East & Southeast Asian communities in London, working with various local refugee communities in London. Through his work at the grassroots, he has co-curated ‘Record, Retrieve, Reactivate’ and ‘Resettled Spaces’ which explored the history, memory, and language of the East Asian migration experience. Cường is also the co-founder of Indigo Magazine, a platform for new voices in/from Southeast Asia and beyond. In his spare time Cường likes to hunt down old vinyl, CDs, and cassettes concentrating mainly on sounds from Saigon, from early 1960s to 1975.

Hien Nguyen

Hien Nguyen is a graphic designer, a connecter, an art enthusiast, and a storyteller at heart. He has been connecting art communities such International Watercolor Society (IWS Vietnam), Urban Sketchers Vietnam (USK Vietnam), promoting young talents and artists, supporting many art projects inside Vietnam.
He is Founder of “Pho Ben Doi – The City on Hills”. Founded in 2016,PHỐ BÊN ĐỒIis Vietnam’s first annual, inter- and multidisciplinary community art show sited in the Central Highlands city of Dalat, Vietnam, with the goal of transforming Dalat intoa unique cultural destination of Southeast Asia.Each show has a unique theme, reflected in participating artists, experts, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with renowned institutions and individuals of high caliber from diverse backgrounds and fields all around the world. Through contemporary arts, community activities and tourism, Phố Bên Đồi encourages and raises public awareness about urban heritage preservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development.

Vũ Đức Chiến

Architect / Artist: Chien Duc Vu
Born: 07-07-1979

Genre Painting
– Watercolor sketch
– Bamboo pen sketch – Watercolor – China ink
– One drawing at a time, each picture is an emotional moment and is different

Community Connections
– Raising public awareness about the value of urban conservation
– For the elderly: entertainment and sharing community connections
– For the young: creating community connections through shared experiences, raising awareness about urban conservation
– For children, education that instills a sense of responsibility about the environment
– Work together consciously, live more responsibly!

Bùi Tiến Tuấn

1971 Born in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
1998 Graduated from Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Vietnam Present Lecturer of Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Vietnam Member of Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Vietnam Lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Solo exhibitions 2013 Red Thread, Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2018 Light Breath, Eight Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
2018 Light Breath, Hoi An Town, Viet Nam
2016 Nostalgia Urban Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
2014 Frivolity, Hotel Sofitel Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
2013 Red Thread, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
2012 Frivolity, Furama Resort, Da Nang City, Vietnam
2011 Frivolity, Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2009 Silk, Tu Do Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2007 The Figure in the Street, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Vietnam
Group exhibitions
2016 art party ‘F5 – Refresh’, à by urbanArt, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Festival Hue, Hue, Vietnam
2014 Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibiton Center, Hong Kong HongKong Bound – AAF Preview, Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2012 Parcours, Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2011 Annual Exhibition, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Vietnam To be or…, Cactus Contemporary Arts Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2010 DIESIS, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Vietnam De Peintures, Centre Culturel de Vietnam en France, Paris, France, hosted by Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University
2009 Thai-Viet Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Wang Thaphra, Thailand Thai-Viet Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Vietnam
2006 Ho Chi Minh City Club of Young Artists, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Vietnam
2003 Hoi An Artists living in Ho Chi Minh City, Exhibition House of Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam

Past Conferences

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #9

HCMC, Bình Dương & An Giang

28 Dec. 2017-4 Jan. 2018

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #8

Honolulu, Hawaii

4–10 October 2016

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #7

Hanoi & Bắc Ninh

7-8 July 2015

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #6

Eugene, Oregon

5-7 November 2014

Thai Nguyen

16-17 December 2013


8-9 November 2012


4-5 December 2011

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #2


30 Nov.-1 Dec. 2010


23-24 February 2010