Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies
A.B., University of Michigan, 1962.
M.A., School of Oriental & African Studies (London), 1965.
Doctorat en Etudes Orientales, La Sorbonne, 1972
Research / Teaching / Specializations
Vietnamese language & literature, film in Viet Nam, colonial & pre-modern Vietnamese texts
Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies
M.A., University of Hawai′i
B.A., University of Hawai′i
Cinema, clothing, and culture of Southeast Asia
Online Development Coordinator & Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in Asian Theatre
M.A., Performance Studies, New York University
B.A., Theatre/Chinese Language & Culture, Butler University
In addition to coordinating all online communication at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Ronald conducts research on Uyghur dramatic art in Chinese Central Asia. He is also actively involved in directing theatrical productions. Prior to his graduate study, he co-founded NoExit Performance, a theatre company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, with cutting-edge, and experimental performances. Over the last 10 years he also directed and performed in numerous theatrical productions. He recently directed Gao Xingjian’s Nocturnal Wanderer and also performed in the UH jingju production of The White Snake. Ronald has also published articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals such as e-MisphÃ©rica and Asian Theatre Journal.
B.A. Asian Studies, University of Hawai′i at Mānoa
Beau is currently pursuing an MBA from the Shidler College of Business. Some of his academic interests include international business, online marketing, web strategy, and social media optimization (having even given a workshop on this topic at the UH Outreach College). He recently returned from rural Miyazaki, Japan, where he had a baby, played lots of shogi (Japanese chess) and taught English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. Besides working as the CSEAS PR Coordinator and helping to take care of his insane child, he also has his own web services and consulting business.
Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at the College of Education
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M.A., Second Language Studies, University of Hawai′i
M.A., Asian Studies, University of Hawai′i
B.A., Asian Studies, University of Hawai′i
Leon is doing research for his dissertation about Vietnamese Heritage Language Learners in higher education. He has completed four-years of Vietnamese language classes and recently completed 4th-year Thai language. For three summers (07, 08, 09), Leon went to Thailand to participate in a teaching practicum held at the University of Ubon Rajathani with UHM’s Department of Second Language Studies. He has also been heavily involved in the subtitling for the Center and worked on many films including Passerine Bird (Con Chim Vành Khuyên), The Lotus (Bông Sen), and Holy Days (Ngày Lễ Thánh) with Le Vinh Hoa.