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PhD, McMaster University
MA, McMaster University
BA, University of Calgary
I was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Canada at the age of nine. After receiving my BA in English from the University of Calgary I embarked on a two-year teaching stint in Tokyo, Japan. When I left Japan, I backpacked around Asia for a year. Upon my return to Canada, I entered graduate school at McMaster University, where I specialized in Asian diaspora literature and culture.
“Refugeography in ‘Post-Racial’ America: Bao Phi’s Activist Poetry.” Refugee Cultures: Forty Years after the Vietnam War. Spec. issue of MELUS: Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States 41.3 (2016): 171-93. (Editor’s Choice)
“Ann Hui’s Boat People: Documenting Vietnamese Refugees in Hong Kong.” Looking Back on the Vietnam War: Twenty-First Century Perspectives. Eds. Brenda M. Boyle and Jeehyun Lim. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2016. 94-109.
“Nước/Water: Oceanic Spatiality and the Vietnamese Diaspora.” Migration by Boat: discourses of trauma, exclusion, and survival. Ed. Lynda Mannik. New York: Berghahn Books, 2016. 65-79.
“Mẹ-search, Hauntings, and Critical Distance.” Self-regarding: Looking at Photos in Life Writing. Spec. issue of Life Writing 12.4 (2015): 467-77.
“Refugee Gratitude: Narrating Success and Intersubjectivity in Kim Thúy’s Ru.” Canadian Literature 219 (2013): 17–36.
“Queer Intimacy and the Impasse: Reconsidering My Beautiful Laundrette.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (forthcoming).
Fellowships and Awards
- Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction
- SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement
- SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
- Harry Lyman Hooker Doctoral Fellowship
Areas of Graduate Supervision
- Asian diaspora literatures
- War, refugee, and migration studies
- Affect theory
- Cultural studies