Nguyen Ngoc Tho

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Aug 2017 to May 2018
Sep 2007 to Dec 2008

Nguyen Ngoc Tho is an Advanced Researcher and Lecturer in East Asian Cultural Studies, and currently works as the Head of the Department of Theoretical Cultural Studies, Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Social Science and Humanities, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (USSH, VNU-HCM). He received his B.A. in Chinese studies in 1999, M.A. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2012 from USSH, VNU-HCM. He undertook a six-month internship at the National University of Singapore in 2001, six-month and then nine-month fellowships at Sun Yat-sen University (China) in 2005 and 2008; and an 18-month fellowship at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in 2007 and 2009. Nguyen Ngoc Tho has published three books: The symbol of dragons in East Asian cultures (2016); The cult of Tian Hou (Mazu) in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam (2017); and the textbook The Chinese Culture (2017). He was a participant in the US Government Visitors Program in Higher Education in 2015, organized by the US Department of State. He is currently focusing on cultural change and empowerment among the ethnic Chinese community in Vietnam in the threshold of modernization and global integration, as well as their struggles and efforts to balance localization and identity preservation. At the Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will further his study by deepening and sharpening his theories and arguments with Western philosophies and critical comparative approaches.