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PhD, English, University of Washington
Hmong American Studies
Asian American Literature
Spirituality Across Cultures
Fulbright Professor, American Studies Program, University of Hong Kong. Spring 2018.
Research fellow, Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding (Washington, DC), sponsored for trip to schools and social service agencies in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Spring 2016.
Faculty participant, Niagara Foundation (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), intercultural research trip to schools and social service agencies in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey. Winter 2015.
Invited as resident scholar to present research on Hmong American Studies at Jinan University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. Sponsored by Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Department of International Studies. Summer 2014.
“Hmong Women: Tradition and Transition in Identity.” Invited presentation for Ethnic America Communities series, American Center, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Sponsored by Fulbright Program. June 2012.
“Hmong Women: Tradition and Transition in Identity.” Invited presentation at American Center, U.S. Consulate, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. July 2012.
Invited speaker for public talks and teacher discussion groups on higher education in US and China. Sponsored by educational institutions in Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces, People’s Republic of China. Summer 2014, Spring and Summer 2012, Summer 2007.
Member, Fulbright Senior Specialists Review Committee (international Humanities placements), Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Washington, DC. 2004-2007.
Visiting scholar at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (Summer 2005) and Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan (Summer 2000 and Summer 1992).
Fulbright professor at Shanghai International Studies University (1993-1994) and Beijing Teachers College (1986-1987).