Professor, History

Daria Dahpon Ho is an Asian-American and a transgender person, plus something of a "geek," strategy & video game enthusiast, and amateur stargazer, martial artist, and Gō player.  She delights in exploring people and ideas on the move, as in the maritime history of the Pacific Ocean world.  Specifically, she researches the history of Chinese seaborne trade with Japan, Southeast Asia, and Western countries, and coastal piracy & violence in early-modern and modern times. 

As an educator, she believes that History is not something we study just for our information, but rather for our formation.  It must be creatively brought to life and practiced with good humor—it’s work, fun, and worth taking some risk.  History should provide creative fuel for games, and good history itself should be game-ified! 

University of Waterloo

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