(post)colonial Francophone literature; Vietnamese diaspora; critical refugee studies; migration; food studies; alterity
I am a second-year student in the French Ph.D program. My primary interests lie in the Vietnamese diaspora and modern French and Francophone literature. I am particularly drawn to questions of subject formation, especially as they pertain to transnationalism, migration, language, memory, and food and foodways—themes which have most recently been informed by ocean studies and contemporary affect theory. A strong believer in the critical power of “me-search,” I credit my relentless desire for insight into the intersections and tensions of my own identity and history as a driving force behind my work.
Prior to Berkeley, I received my B.A. from Hamilton College in 2018 where I simultaneously completed individual honors theses for French and Literature, both exploring the relationship between language and racial/identity formation in Asian diaspora literature (Franco/Québécois-Vietnamese and Korean American respectively). I also spent a year in Paris through Hamilton in France, studying at l’Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris III, and another year in the Occitanie region of France as a high school assistant de langue through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).