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Journal Articles:

2016. “Contingent Invisibility: Space, Community, and Invisibility for Les in Saigon.” GLQ. Duke University Press, 22.1, 109-136.

Book Chapters:

2015. “Homosexuality and Transgenderism in Vietnam.” Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia. Eds. Vera Mackie and Mark McLelland. Abindon, UK: Routledge Press, pp. 255-267.

Book Reviews:

2015. Book Review (invited). Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spell-binding performance in the Asias” by Eng-Beng Lim. NYU Press, 2014. Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 88, No. 2, pp. 587–596.

2012. Feature book review essay (invited). Tình dc: Chuyn dễ đùa khó nói [Sexuality in Contemporary Vietnam: Easy to Joke About, Hard to Talk About] ; Hnh Phúc là Sng Tht [Real Life, True Happiness] ; Ironies of Freedom: Sex, Culture, and Neoliberal Governance in Vietnam. Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 7(2): 170-179.

Doctoral Dissertation: “A queer political economy of ‘community’: Gender, space, and the transnational politics of community for Vietnamese lesbians (les) in Saigon” (Newton 2012)

Invited Talks and Presentations

2022 (upcoming)  Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, Apri 7. “The Chinese Exclusion Act: film discussion.” Task Force on Racism and Homophobia. Facilitator.

2020    University of Southern California and Hoag Hospital, March 7. “Social Work & Me Conference.” Reiki master volunteer.

2019    California State University, Fullerton, Department of Anthropology, November 15. Applied Anthropology Professional Development Workshop, Moderator: Phuoc Duong, Ph.D. Guest speaker.

2019    Asian American Psychological Association, October 5. 2019 Annual Convention. “Centering Intersectional AANHPI Voices in Research to Make the Invisible Visible.” Panel organized by Angela Minh-Tu Nguyen, Ph.D. Discussant.

2019    University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium (UC/NCP ICP), May 4. 27th Annual Lake Arrowhead Meeting. “Karen Horney and Feminist Psychoanalysis.” Discussant.

2019    University of Southern California and Hoag Hospital, March 16. “Social Work & Me Conference.” Reiki master volunteer.

2017    Yale University, April 26. “Vietnamese lesbian (les) space, community, and the phantasmagoria of real life.” Brown Bag Seminar. Center for Southeast Asian Studies

2017    University of California, Irvine. Feb 1. “Queer Vietnameseness with Quyen Nguyen-Le, Natalie Newton, Rosi Vo Nghiem, and Shannon Le.” Panelist. Cross-Cultural Center

2016    Refugees, Survivors, and Ex-detainees (RISE), Melbourne, Australia. Dec 8. “Vietnamese Diasporia” panel with R-Coo Tran, Dom Golding, and Duc Nguyen. Panelist 

2016    Queering the Air on 3CR Community Radio, Melbourne, Australia. July 31. “Queer Vietnameseness with Quyen Nguyen-Le, Natalie Newton, and Shannon Le.” Speaker

2016    Brea United Church of Christ Unorthodox Café. June 20. “Queer Vietnameseness: A documentary by Quyen Nguyen-Le.” Panelist

2016    University of Southern California. February 18. “Queer Vietnameseness: A documentary by Quyen Nguyen-Le.” Panelist

2015    University of California, Irvine. May 19. “Vietnamese American queer experiences” with Dr. Long Bui. Guest lecture. ASAM 151D “Vietnamese American Experiences.” Invitation by Tram Le

2015    KPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 FM. “Uprising!” with Sonali Kolhatkar. Apr 30. “A sweeping look at the Vietnamese Community in the U.S., 40 years after the end of war.” Guest

2015    Scripps College. Apr 23. “Of Parades and Politics: The Fight for LGBT Inclusion in Little Saigon’s Tet Parade.” “Art and Activism,” Guest lecture. Invitation by Erin O’Brien

2014    University of California, Santa Barbara. Nov 19. “Of politics and parades.” Guest lecture. “Asian American Women.” Invitation by Erin O’Brien

2013    Hai Bà Trưng School For Organizing. Oakland, CA. June 30. “What does it mean to you to be a Viet progressive/radical organizer?” Panelist

2012    CSU Fullerton. Mar 19. “Ethnographic Research Methodologies.” Guest lecture. AFRO 302 “Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies.” Invited by Kendhal Radcliffe

2011    University of California, Irvine. Nov 17. “Queering Asian American Women.” Guest lecture. SOC 161 “Sociology of Gender.” Invited by Dr. Catherine Bolzendahl

2010    CET Academic Study Abroad Program, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nov 12. “The Emerging Lesbian Cosmopolitan.” Seminar presentation

2008    Consultant for Investment in Health Promotion, Hanoi. July 31. “LES 101: Giới thiệu về đồng tính nữ ở Việt Nam” [LES 101: An introduction to Vietnamese les]. Seminar presentation

2008    Consultant for Investment in Health Promotion, Hanoi. July 13. “Methodology: Studying same-sex relationships.” Seminar presentation

2008    Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center, Seattle. Mar 19. “Domestic Violence and Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Women.” Staff training

2007    University of California, Irvine. June 1. “Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Women’s Gender and Sexuality Formations.” Guest lecture. ASAM 162 “Asian American Women,” Invited by Karen Yonemoto


Conference Papers

2012    “Space performativity: Vietnamese lesbian gender and community space in the production of neoliberalized subjectivities.” American Anthropological Association. San Francisco: Nov 14-18. (invited panelist)

2011    “Les is More: Challenges to lesbian inclusion in Vietnam’s First LGBT community rights project.” University of Hawaii, Manoa. Association for Asian Studies annual conference. Honolulu: March 30-April 2. (invited panelist)

2009    Co-presenting with Loan Vu. “Empowering Vietnamese LGBT Youth: An analysis of Project ‘Information Connecting and Sharing’.” International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Association. Fourth Annual Asian Regional Conference. Surabaya: April 22-24

2007    “Friendship, Family and Feminism: Transnational Feminist Analyses of the Lives of Vietnamese Les in Hanoi and Saigon.” University of California, Berkeley. Graduate Conference on Vietnamese Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies: February 9-10

Awards and Grants

2021    BIPOC Scholarship, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles

2020    Giles T. Brown Student Conference Travel Grant, CSU Fullerton

2012    Kenneth Payne Prize for graduate or undergraduate student research paper in queer anthropology, Association for Queer Anthropologists of the American Anthropology Association. Paper title: “Contingent Invisibility: Space, Community, and Invisibility for Les in Saigon”

2012    James Harvey Dissertation Writing Fellowship, UC Irvine

2012    Pedagogical Fellow for Excellence in Teaching, UC Irvine (declined)

2012    Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship, honorable mention

2011    American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Writing Fellowship, honorable mention (first-time awardee)

2011    Point Foundation scholarship, semi-finalist

2009    Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, U.S. Department of Education

2009    University of California Regents’ Pacific Rim Dissertation Research Award (declined). Department Anthropology, UC Irvine

2009    Summer Research Grants: Center for Asian Studies, UC Irvine, Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine

2007    Summer Research Grants: Center for Asian Studies, UC Irvine, Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine

2006    Summer Research Grants: Center for Asian Studies, UC Irvine, Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine

2005    UC Irvine Social Science Graduate Fellowship: 5 year-award


2019-present Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, Task Force on Racism and Homophobia

Committee Member.

2019-2020 California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Pre-Licensed Committee

  • Committee Member (appointed), 2019-2020
  • Participated in signage and adoption of the CAMFT “Statement on paying associates as best practice of supervision” (click here)

2013-2015 Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Los Angeles

  • Executive Board Member, 2014-2015
  • Organizing Committee Member, 2013-2014

2014-2015 Viet Gathering (progressive Vietnamese diasporic activist group)

  • Organizer

2011-2013 The Partnership of Viet LGBT Organizations, Orange County, CA

  • Lead organizer in 2013 fight for LGBT inclusion in Little Saigon Tet Parade
  • Organizer and coordinator of bilingual materials for educational workshops and booths at United Vietnamese Student Association (UVSA) Tet Festival (2011-2013)
  • Organizer for LGBT contingent in the Little Saigon Tet Parade (2011-2012)

2011-2012 UC Irvine Queer Graduate Caucus

  • Coordinator of bi-monthly social networking gatherings campus-wide

2011-2012 UC Irvine Southeast Asian Archive Vietnamese American Oral History Project

  • Volunteer contributor and trainer for oral histories conducted by undergraduates

Student Mentoring

2008- 2012 UC Irvine LGBT Mentors Program. Mentor

  • Weekly supervision and training under UC Irvine Counseling Center

2011 UC Irvine Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Graduate Mentor

  • One-on-one coaching on personal statements and research statements for under-represented minorities applying to Ph.D. research programs in STEM and social sciences

Relevant Internships

2011 UC Irvine Langson Library Special Collections

  • Assistant to archivist Dawn Schmidt, MLS on Orange County LGBT special collection.

2008 Consultant for Investment in Health Promotion, Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun-Aug 2008

  • Cataloguer and indexer for a library of gender, sexuality, and Southeast Asian studies

Professional Memberships

California Association for Marriage & Family Therapists

Orange County Chapter – California Association for Marriage & Family Therapists

National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

International Association for Reiki Professionals