Vietnamese Studies at AAS 2018 Conference in D.C.


This list is compiled as of March 18th, 2018 by Manh Dat Nguyen, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Boston University.


Disaster Temporalities and Subjectivities: Alternative Pasts and Possible Futures [Panel 2]

Thurgood Marshall North, Mezzanine 7:30PM-9:30PM

  • Zoned Liminality and Narratives of Displacement in Northeastern Japan – Isaac Gagne, German Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Translating Histories of Disaster from Japan to Chile – Chika Watanabe, University of Manchester
  • The Ghost of Climates Past: Shifted Baselines of Disaster Mitigation in Vietnam and Bangladesh – Kimberley Thomas, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ecological Precarity and Geological Expertise in the Anthropocene – Mabel Denzin Gergan, Georgetown University

Discussant: Sara Shneiderman, University of British Columbia

Economies of Mobility in Asia, 1896-1971 [Panel 6]

Virginia Suite C, Lobby Level 7:30PM-9:30PM

  • “A Child in a Stranger’s Home”: Domestic Labor, Trafficking, and Child Migration in British Malaya, 1900s-1930s – Sandy Chang, University of Texas at Austin
  • Mapping “Gateways to the World”: Transnational Economic Networks and Spatial Imaginaries in Japan’s Commercial Harbors, 1899-1941 – Jeffrey C. Guarneri, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mobilizing Ideas and Economy: Taiwanese Agrarian Development in Vietnam and Africa, 1959-1971 – James Lin, University of Washington
  • State Regulation and Management of Elephants on the British India-Siam Borderland 1896-1914

Discussant: Julia Stephens, Rutgers University

Representations and Policies: Race, Gender, and Immigration [Panel 8]

Delaware Suite B, Lobby Level 7:30PM-9:30PM

  • Representing Immigrants: “Asianness,” Gender Ideals, and the Making of Policy in Nineteenth-Century United States – Constance Chen, Loyola Marymount University
  • “Tentacle of the East”: Race, Sex and Imperial Anxiety in Edwardian London – Stephen McDowall, University of Edinburgh
  • Representation Matters: The “Boat People” from Vietnam and Refugee Policy in the Late 1970s – Lisa Tran, California State University, Fullerton
  • Human Rights Diplomacy and Vietnamese American Women’s Struggle for Political Recognition, 1975-1994 – Sam Vong, University of Texas at Austin

Mimetic Entanglements: Rethinking Sociopolitical Dynamics in Upland Southeast Asia [Panel 20]

Truman, Mezzanine Level 7:30PM-9:30PM

Chaired by Oliver Tappe, University of Cologne

  • Frontier Mimesis: Intercultural Encounters and Interactions in Houaphan, Upland Laos – Oliver Tappe, University of Cologne
  • Revolutionary Alternatives, or Dien Bien Phu after the Battle – Christian C. Lentz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mimetic Vision is a Double-Edged Sword: Touby Lyfoung, Vang Pao, and the Lao-Hmong Quest for Equality – Mai Na M. Lee, University of Minnesota
  • Mirroring Power: The Phounoy Headmen as Delegates of the King of Luang Prabang (18th-19th Century) – Vanina Bouté, Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CNRS-EHESS)

Discussant: Hjorleifur Jonsson, Arizona State University

“Saving the Soul of Our Youth:” Religious Education and Ethical Dilemmas in Southeast Asia [Panel 22]

Madison A, Mezzanine Level 7:30PM-9:30PM

  • Christian and Muslim Youth in Indonesia: Learning to Navigate Inter-Religious Boundaries – Erica Larson, Boston University
  • Ethical Alternatives: Islamic Private Education among the Malaysian Middle Class – Sarah Kelman, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Internalizing Thainess: Education and Moral Development in a Northern Thai Monastery – Michael Chladek, University of Chicago
  • Unburdening the Heart: Urban Youth and Buddhist Emotional Education in Contemporary Vietnam – Dat Nguyen, Boston University

Discussant: Ann Marie Leshkowich, College of the Holy Cross

Statecraft [Panel 23]

Park Tower 8222, Lobby Level 7:30PM-9:30PM

  • Ethnic Indian Community Self-Regulation and Collaboration in Namtu, Shan State, under Japanese Occupation: A Study of the Indian Independence League from Original Records and Correspondence – Jarrod Woodford Brown, Berea College
  • Islamic Reform and Religious Bureaucratization in Malaysia: Mufti as an Agent of Change – Norbani Binti Ismail, Independent Scholar
  • Land Grabbing and Cambodia’s Winning Coalition – Neil Loughlin, SOAS University of London
  • Social Mobility in Contemporary Cambodia: Life Histories of Professionals from Marginalized Socio-Economic Backgrounds – Vicheth Sen, University of British Columbia
  • The Transnational Construction of Vice for State Formation: The Case of Vietnam -Kim Mai Tran, Georgetown University

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

Comrades No More: The Outbreak of the Third Indochina War, Forty Years On [Panel 49]

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level 10:30AM-12:30PM

  • Drawing the Bamboo Curtain: U.S. Relations with Communist Countries during the Carter Era – Khue D. Do, Seoul National University
  • Justifying “Liberation”: The Making of Vietnam’s Cambodian Decade, 1979-1985 – Hoang M. Vu, Cornell University
  • Remember and Forget the Last War: The Discursive Memory of the Sino-Vietnamese War in China – Qingfei Yin, George Washington University

Discussant: Shawn McHale, George Washington University

Airs, Waters, Places and the Peoples Who Use and Abuse All of Them in Southeast Asia [Panel 63]

McKinley, Mezzanine Level 10:30AM-12:30PM

Chaired by C. Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Sense of Place and Pro-Environmental Behaviour Change of Vietnamese Community in Marine Protected Area – Ngoc Pham, University of Sydney
  • Pocket of Urban Exclusion: Constructing Vulnerability and Well-Being among Scavengers in a Reclamation Area in Manila – Maria Alejandria-Gonzalez, University of Santo Thomas
  • Environmental Sustainability: A Key to Growth and Development in the Context of Climate Change for Cat Ba Island, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City, Viet Nam – Ha Hoang, Vietnam National University
  • Transboundary Haze as a Human Health Issue in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and Member State Responses – Helena Varkkey, University of Malaya

Discussant: Michitake Aso, University at Albany-State University of New York

Vietnam’s Modern Underworlds [Panel 64]

Wilson B, Mezzanine Level 10:30AM-12:30PM

Chaired by Ken MacLean, Clark University

  • Socialism’s Underworld: Crime and Gold – Ben V. Tran, Vanderbilt University
  • Geography of Vice: Clandestine Prostitution in Tonkin, 1920-1945 – Christina Firpo, California Polytechnic State University
  • Crimes in Tonkinese Coal Mines – Thuy Linh Nguyen, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Narrative Containment of the Same-Sex Underworld in Bùi Anh Tấn’s Works – Quoc Vinh Nguyen, Harvard University

Discussant: Ken MacLean, Clark University

Contested Boundaries of Literary Chinese in East Asia [Panel 88]

Coolidge, Mezzanine Level 12:45PM-2:45PM

Chaired by Brian Steininger, Princeton University

  • Kokan Shiren and the Problem of the Literary in Fourteenth Century Japan – Brian Steininger, Princeton University
  • Turning the Poems into Songs: The Intersection of Literary Chinese and Vernacular Korean in Chosŏn Literature – Christina Han, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Diplomatic Friendships and the Cosmopolitan Transmission of Poetic Norms in 18th-Century China and Vietnam – John Phan, Columbia University

Discussant: Sixiang Wang, Stanford University

Disasters and the Asian Society: Response of Local Communities to the Impact of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards [Panel 134]

Madison B, Mezzanine Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Maria Luisa DL. Bolinao, University of the Philippines, Diliman

  • Local Challenges, Disasters and Human Security: Local Communities, Governments and Human Security during and after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – Maria Ela L. Atienza, University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • The Hidden Impacts of the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake on School Children: Experiences and Consequences – Melvin A. Jabar, De La Salle University
  • The 2016 Vietnam Marine Life Disaster: The Environmental and Social Shock – Le Hanh Nguyen Nguyen, Doshisha University
  • Continuous Narrative of Pollution: River Meaning and Historical Memory of Resistance for the Penan of Sarawak, Malaysia – Shi Yeu Nga, National Taiwan University

Waiting as Care? The Ethics of Terminal Illness in Asia [Panel 135]

Park Tower 8219, Lobby Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Merav Shohet, Boston University

  • Waiting as Moral Navigation: AIDS and End-of-Life Care in Aceh, Indonesia -Annemarie Samuels, Leiden University
  • Waiting For, Waiting On, and Waiting With: Filial Piety, Good Care, and Family in Non-Family-Based Elder Care Settings in Chengdu, China – Lillian Prueher, University of Washington
  • “Many People Suffer”: The Ethics of Waiting and Sustaining Family Care in Vietnam – Merav Shohet, Boston University
  • (Be)Sieged: Chronic Illness, Waiting, and the Longue Durée in Kashmir – Saiba Varma, University of California, San Diego

Discussant: Sarah Pinto, Tufts University

Speculative Futures of the Southeast Asian City (Part II): Cultural Politics of Economic Change [Panel 144]

Maryland Suite A, Lobby Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Trude Renwick, University of California, Berkeley

  • The Creative District and the River Promenade: Conflict and “Community” Surrounding Two Riverside Projects in Bangkok – Trude Renwick, University of California, Berkeley
  • The Urban Future of the City’s Past: History and Heritage in the Heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand – Taylor Easum, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Anticipating Automobility: Designing for Congestion in Ho Chi Minh City – Jessica Lockrem, Rice University
  • Net Social-Economic Impact of Urban Development in Vietnam – Alexander McGrath, Cornell University

Discussant: Trude Renwick, University of California, Berkeley

The Politics of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Vietnam [Panel 148]

Sponsored by Vietnam Studies Group

Virginia Suite C, Lobby Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Frank Proschan

  • “Space of Gong Culture:” Tourism, Selective Safeguarding Measures and Politics of Heritage in Vietnam – Cam Hoang, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
  • “The Forefather King Is Inscribed by UNESCO”: Reinforcement of the Government Power and Reduction of the Role of Communities – Ly Hong Le, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
  • “Vietnamese Mother Goddess Is Globally Inscribed”: Legitimacy of the Practice Related to the Viet Beliefs in Mother Goddesses of Three Realm after the UNESCO’s Inscription – Hien Thi Nguyen, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies
  • The Dynamics of Power and Contestations in the Implementation of the Safeguarding Measures of Xoan Singing in Phu Tho After Its UNESCO’s Inscription – Cham Thi Phuong Nguyen, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

Discussant: Oscar Salemink. University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Frank Proschan, Washington


FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd, 2018



Telling Lives in Asian Studies: Auto/Biographical Narrative as Rhetoric, Technique, and Pedagogy [Panel 207]

Park Tower 8219, Lobby Level 8:30AM-10:30AM

Chaired by Margaret B. Bodemer, California Polytechnic State University

  • Experiments with Autobiography: Gandhi, Yogananda, and the 14th Dalai Lama – Chloe Martinez, Claremont McKenna College
  • Postwar Japanese Memoirs about Manchuria: Individual Agency and Myth-Making – Lianying Shan, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Red Snow over China: Xie Xuehong (1901-1970) and the “Biographical Rivalry” across the Taiwan Strait – Po-Hsi Chen, Yale University
  • A Layered Past: Using Autoethnography to Document and Analyze Family History in the Context of the Vietnam War – Jessica Montez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Margaret B. Bodemer, California Polytechnic State University

Agrarian Persistence and Transformation, Panel 2: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam [Panel 246]

Washington Room 6, Exhibit Level 10:45AM-12:45PM

  • Rural Smallholders and Temporary Migration in Cambodia – Rosa Yi, Royal University of Phnom Penh
  • Smallholders in Lao PDR: Responding to Pressures and Opportunities – Outhai Soukkhy, Northern Agriculture and Forestry College
  • Smallholder Land Use under Vietnam’s New Rural Development Program – Tuan Anh Nguyen, Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Examining the Impact of the Japanese Empire around the South China Sea [Panel 285]

Thurgood Marshall West, Mezzanine 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Franck Michelin, Teikyo University

  • The Japanese Invasion of Indochina, 1940-1941: Why the Pacific War Started in Indochina – Franck Michelin, Teikyo University
  • Comparative Indigenous Perspectives on Japanese Empire: Cham in Vietnam & Dayak in Indonesia – William B. Noseworthy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The Impact of the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945: On the Development of Indonesian Cinema – Meita Estiningsih, Independent Scholars of Asia
  • Self-Government and Militarism: Japanese Colonial Legacies in the 1947 Taiwanese Rebellion – Victor Louzon, Columbia University

Huy Đức and His Pioneering History of Post-1975 Vietnam, Bên Thắng Cuộc [The Winning Side] [Panel 298]

Truman, Mezzanine Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Jason A. Picard, Loyola University, Chicago

  • From Victory to Peace in Huy Đức’s the Winning Side – Jason A. Picard, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Vietnam’s Renovation [đổi mới] in the Winning Side – Peter Zinoman, University of California, Berkeley
  • A Democratic Moment? Huy Đức Account of Vietnam’s National Assembly and Legal System during the Demise of the Eastern Bloc (1989-1991) – Alec Holcombe, Ohio University

Varieties of Land Dispossession in Mainland Southeast Asia [Panel 300]

Sponsored by AAS Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)

Tyler, Mezzanine Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Ian G. Baird, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Problems in the Plantations: The Challenges and Limitations of Large-Scale Land Concessions in Southern Laos and Northeastern Cambodia – Ian G. Baird, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • From the Sons of Kingdom to the Residents of Federation: How the French Changed the Landscapes of Mountainous Areas in Central Vietnam (Late 1800s-Early 1900s) – Linh Bui, University of California, Riverside
  • Border Conflicts, Land Leases, and Jap Jong: local Institutions and Varieties of Forest-Land Dispossession in Three Southern Laos Communities – Keith Barney, Australian National University
  • Landscapes of Debt: Microfinance and Land Dispossession in Cambodia – Nathan Green, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Historical Imaginations: Science, Knowledge, and Environment [Panel 301]

Park Tower 8219, Lobby Level 3:00PM-5:00PM

Chaired by Maitrii V. Aung-Thwin, National University of Singapore

  • A Home in the Forests: Refugees from East Pakistan in Postcolonial India – Nabaparna Ghosh, Babson College
  • “Building” Knowledge in the Lower Himalayas: Notes from the Kangra Valley – Siddharth Menon, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • “Guardians of the Forest”: Local Knowledge and Environmental Policy in a Northern Thai National Park – Dung Nguyen Quang, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Jagadish Chandra Bose and Science in Twentieth-Century India – Somaditya Banerjee, Austin Peay State University

Dharma Tourists, Diasporas and Buddhist Transnationalism: Spreading the Dharma Under the Global Condition [Panel 325]

Wilson A, Mezzanine Level 5:15PM-7:15PM

Chaired by Rongdao Lai, University of Southern California

  • Itinerant Missionaries: Chinese Tiantai Monks in North America – Rongdao Lai, University of Southern California
  • The Buddha in Bronkhorstspruit: The Transnational Spread of the Taiwanese Buddhist Order Fo Guang Shan to South Africa – Jens Reinke, Leipzig University
  • Spreading the Teachings in Northern Thailand – Brooke Schedneck, Rhodes College
  • Transnational Buddhism in Taiwan: A Comparison of Two Cases of Sri Lankan and Vietnamese Buddhism – Wei-Yi Cheng, Fo Guang University

Discussant: Courtney Bruntz, Doane University

Nation-States, Migration, and Popular Sovereignty: Evidence from the History of Modern Vietnam [Panel 337]

Washington Room 2, Exhibit Level 5:15PM-7:15PM

Chaired by Janet Hoskins, University of Southern California

  • Tập kết: A Look into North Vietnam’s Reactions and Policies towards Southern Regroupees, 1954-1956 – Alex-Thai D. Vo, Cornell University
  • Ultramontanism, Nationalism, and the Fall of Saigon: Historicizing Vietnamese Catholicism in America – Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University
  • Indochinese Refugees Becoming Asylum Seekers: The Cold War Representation of Forced Migration, 1975-1989 – Phi Van Nguyen, Université de Saint Boniface
  • The Origins of Vietnamese Refugee Nationalism – Phuong Nguyen, California State University, Monterey Bay

Discussant: Janet Hoskins, University of Southern California

Lecturing Orthodoxy from the Periphery: Religious Beliefs and Texts in Early Twentieth Century Vietnam [Panel 338]

Park Tower 8222, Lobby Level 5:15PM-7:15PM

Chaired by Liam C. Kelley, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

  • Printing Cosmopolitism Challenging Orthodoxies: Cao đài Spirit Writing and Publications in 20th-Century Vietnam – Jeremy Jammes, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
  • The Integration of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in Early 20th-Century Vietnam – Tuan Cuong Nguyen, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
  • Promoting Orthodoxy through Heterodoxy: Spirit Writing in Vietnam at the Turn of the Twentieth Century – Liam C. Kelley, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

Asian Diasporic Imaginaries: Borders, Boundaries, and Pathways [Panel 362]

Thurgood Marshall North, Mezzanine 8:30AM-10:30AM

Chaired by Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer, Yale University

  • Vietnamese Remittances and the Politics of Materiality – Ivan Small, Central Connecticut State University
  • Routes beyond Roots: Mobility and Diasporic Belonging among Brazilian Dekasegi – Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer, Yale University
  • Diasporic Infrastructure and Bugis Desires for “Moreness” – Andrew M. Carruthers, National University of Singapore
  • Pathways of Migration and Diasporic Imaginings: The Case of the Medan Chinese – Yew-Foong Hui, Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Discussant: Andrew Willford, Cornell University

Challenges to the Sinophere [Panel 365]

Sponsored by Sino-Japanese Studies Group

Virginia Suite C, Lobby Level 8:30AM-10:30AM

  • “Civilized” vs. “Barbarian” in Tokugawa and Meiji-Era Japanese Discourse – Mark Ravina, Emory University
  • Sage Guan Emerges from the Pass: Negotiations of Civilization in the Chosŏn Guan Yu Cult – Joshua Van Lieu, LaGrange College
  • Charting the “Savage Tongue”: Imperial Vietnam as a Southeast Asian Sinosphere – Bradley Camp Davis, Eastern Connecticut State University

Discussant: Annping Chin, Yale University

Beyond Chastity and Subservience: New Configurations of Feminine Virtue in Early Modern East Asia [Panel 366]

Delaware Suite A, Lobby Level 8:30AM-10:30AM

Chaired by Marcia A. Yonemoto, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • (Re)defining Vietnamese Female Piety in the Age of Expansion, 1470-1780 – Nhung T. Tran, University of Toronto
  • Chastity versus Promiscuity: Women, Adultery, and the Law in Early Modern Korea – Jisoo M. Kim, George Washington University
  • Medicine in the Margins: The Knowledgeable Healer as a Feminine Ideal in Early Modern Japan – Evan Young, Dickinson College Good
  • Housekeeping: Advice for Women in a Late Qing Daily-Use Religious Encyclopedia – Katherine L. Alexander, University of Colorado, Boulder

Discussant: Marcia A. Yonemoto, University of Colorado, Boulder

Literary Cinematic Adaptations as Transnational Dialogues in Asia [Panel 375]

Truman, Mezzanine Level 8:30AM-10:30AM

Chaired by Hiroshi Kitamura, College of William & Mary

  • Film Adaptations as Cross-Cultural Communication: The Case Study of Kurosawa Akira’s The Idiot (1951) and Ran (1985) and Their Reception in Vietnam – Le-Na Dao, Vietnam National University
  • Mapping the Transnational Genesis of the Post-War Japanese Cinematic Field: Case Studies of the Productions of Madame White Snake (1956) and Legend of the White Snake (1958) – Seio Nakajima, Waseda University
  • Cultural Politics of Transnational Adaptation in China: The Cases of a Letter from an Unknown Woman and the Banquet – Haomin Gong, Lingnan University
  • The Echoes of No: Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood – Seigo Nakao, Oakland University

Discussant: Hiroshi Kitamura, College of William & Mary

In China’s Own Backyard? Energy and Infrastructural Investments in Southeast Asia from China and Beyond [Panel 404]

Thurgood Marshall West, Mezzanine 10:45AM-12:45PM

Chaired by Alvin A. Camba, Johns Hopkins University

  • Northeast Asian Coal Investments in Southeast Asia – Tai Wei Lim, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • It Takes Three to Tango: Vietnam’s Infrastructure Development and Economic Relations with China and Japan – Jessica Liao, North Carolina State University & Ngoc Tram Dang, National Sun Yat-Sun University
  • The Sinews of Politics: The State Grid Corporation of China in the Philippines – Alvin A. Camba, Johns Hopkins University
  • A Nationally Representative Survey Experiment on Perceptions toward the Chinese FDI in Myanmar – Ying Yao, Tsinghua University

Discussant: Saori Katada, University of Southern California

Masculinity through the Female Gaze in South and Southeast Asia [Panel 407]

Virginia Suite C, Lobby Level 10:45AM-12:45PM

Chaired by Susmita Roye, Delaware State University

  • The “Feminized” Immigrant Males: Rewriting Masculinities in Selected Fictions of Bharati Mukherjee – Rima Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Exhibiting the Other: Representation of Masculinity and Expectations of Manhood through Female Gaze in Contemporary Literature and Media in Pakistan – Shandana Waheed, New York University
  • Headhunting, Slave-Raiding, and Shape-Shifting: Modes of Prowess in an Early Modern Visayan Society – David Gowey, Arizona State University
  • Masculinity in Prose Writings by Contemporary Vietnamese and Japanese Female Writers (in the Cases of Hoang Dieu Do and Amy Yamada) – Van Ho, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City

Globalization of Chinese: Localizing the Teaching of Chinese Language, Literature, and Media [Panel 414]

Coolidge, Mezzanine Level 10:45AM-12:45PM

Chaired by Minglang Zhou, University of Maryland

  • Teaching Chinese Literature in Vietnam: A Dialogue with Translation Tradition and Mass Media – Thu Hien Nguyen, Vietnam National University
  • Understanding the Cultural Policies of China through CCTV Documentaries: The South Korean Perspective – Ju-Yeon Son, Korea University
  • Chinese Television Advertisements in the American Classroom – Ping Fu, Towson University

Discussant: Minglang Zhou, University of Maryland