I was born and raised in the south of Vietnam for the first 19 years of my life. A lot of extra classes (or what some people might call "shadow education", Vietnamese: học thêm). Life was good.
Upon receiving the ASEAN Undergraduate scholarship and then the National University of Singapore's Tuition Fee Waiver for Graduate Students, I moved to Singapore for my studies and stayed in this amazing country for 9 years. I received both my Bachelor of Social Sciences, First Class Honours (2014) and Master of Arts (2017) from the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM), National University of Singapore (NUS), and also briefly worked there as a Research Assistant. I worked as a Research Assistant, then Senior Research Assistant at Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for more than 2 years (2017-2019).
I subsequently moved from Singapore to USA to pursue my Ph.D. in Communication with a full scholarship. My Ph.D. is in progress at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, California.
I am passionate about media studies research, and have conducted fieldwork in Singapore, Vietnam and USA. I have also conducted comparative research with findings from South Korea, and studied Korea's transnationally cultural influence such as K-pop.
I use both English and Vietnamese every day, and I try to learn Chinese and Japanese whenever I can. My Singlish is rusty, but I am confident it's still there. I love fiction books, and my piano playing (classical) is passable.
I used to be a heavy book hoarder, and I am forever a popular culture enthusiast. My specialization is American popular culture in late 1990s - early 2000s, and K-pop in late 2000s and 2010s.
If I can only choose one Vietnamese and one Singaporean dish to eat for the rest of my life? Obviously phở (the southern one) and Hainanese chicken rice.
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