Curator, Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection, University Libraries
I was born in South Vietnam. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 1991, I graduated from the Teachers’ College of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) with a B.A. in Vietnamese Literature. I received another undergraduate degree in American Literature (1998) and then a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (2000) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I also hold a second Master's degree in Anthropology - Southeast Asian Studies Concentration (2010) from Northern Illinois University (NIU).
After graduating from UCLA in 2000, I worked briefly for a research company in the Silicon Valley and then went to Vietnam to work for an advertising agency. I returned to Los Angeles in February 2003 to accept the position of Librarian for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. I started working as the Curator of the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection at NIU in October 2006.
Besides library work, I enjoy creative writing and have published two collections of poems in Vietnamese. My bilingual poetry collection Night, Fish, and Charlie Parker, selected and translated by Linh Dinh, was printed by Tupelo Press in 2006. I also co-translated a book of American poetry into Vietnamese, published by the Center for East-West Cultures and Languages, Hanoi, 2004, and co-edited a Vietnamese poetry anthology. Translations of my poems have appeared in literary journals such as The Literary Review, Manoa, xconnect… and in the anthologies Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue (Palgrave 2001), and Language for a New Century, Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008).