Digital Vietnam Presenters and Videos Clips

Workshop Participants (Wearing proper PPE)

Cô Na is an univited guest, whose major contribution has been to interrupt the status quo, undermine social interaction, and expose how utterly unprepared governments around the world really are in the face of public health emergencies. Cô Na has, however, inspired a great deal of digital creativity.
Long T. Bui is an assistant professor in the Department of Global & International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Research areas include popular media culture, refugees, and global political economy. He is the author of Returns of War: South Vietnam and the Price of Refugee Memory (NYU Press 2018).
Giang Nguyen-Thu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She had her doctoral degree in media studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her monograph Television in Post-Reform Vietnam: Nation, Media, Market (Routledge 2019) reveals how popular television alters the ways ordinary Vietnamese people organize and make sense of their post-Reform living. She is now interested in the emotional politics of social media in Vietnam. Her current project investigates how Vietnamese mothers use Facebook to navigate in an emerging economy of precarity caused by the widespread panic related to food safety, healthcare, environment, and education.

Dang Nguyen is a 2019-2020 Fox Fellow at Yale University and doctoral candidate at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD project investigates the performance of non-biomedical knowledge on the internet, with the aim to understand how digital technologies influence the propagation of knowledge that exists in the margin of scientific knowledge, as well as the impact of this digitally enabled propagation on non-biomedical cultures as living practices.

Erik Harms is associate professor of anthropology and the chair of the Council on Southeast Asian Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Saigon’s Edge and Luxury and Rubble. His current research focuses on the political life of polygons and the social life of GIS data in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. He is currently social distancing in Hamden, CT, not far from the former home of the late, great Huỳnh Sanh Thông.

Video Summaries of the Presentations

Long’s Paper:

My paper tries to think through the different binary categories by which Vietnamese Americans traveling back to Vietnam are interpellated. It highlights how social media platforms like Facebook are pivotal the migration, tourism, and exile of Vietnamese returnees. I show how the formation of digital Vietnam intersects with a diasporic Vietnam and a post-socialist Vietnam.

Dang’s Paper


Giang’s Paper


Erik’s Paper