Initiatives > Viet Nam
Students at the third year level or above are encouraged to apply to the Vietnamese Advanced Summer Institute, a Fulbright-funded advanced language program in Hanoi that primarily serves the top tier of American graduate students researching Vietnam.
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The University of Hawaii’s Southeast Asian Film Translation Project recently produced two subtitled Vietnamese language films, now available for public viewing in the United States!
BONG SEN (1998) is a remarkable co-production between Algeria and Vietnam. The film won Third Prize at the Seventh Festival of African Cinema in Morocco.
In the 1950s, the French Army sent thousands of indigenes, soldiers conscripted from colonies in North Africa, to fight in the so-called "Dirty War" in Indochina. Set against the growing Vietnamese struggle for independence is a love story involving Ali, portrayed by Algerian actor El-Mellouhi Niddal, and Lien (Nguyen An Chinh), a beautiful Viet Minh guerrilla.
PASSERINE BIRD (1962). The Vietnam Film Institute stumbled upon a deteriorating 16mm print of this lost classic which the Hong Kong Film Archive restored and the Center subtitled. The film offers a lyric view of village level resistance to French colonial aggression in Viet Nam in the 1950s. Nga, a young girl, is thrown into the bitter struggles of her fellow countrymen as images of innocent youth are bled away, turning into the steadfastness of nationalist resolve.
Vietnam Film Symposium
In October 2007, the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies sponsored a symposium for the launch of Ngo Phuong Lan's book, Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema!
College of Business Administration
The Shidler School of Business Administration at the University of Hawaii offers a Vietnam Executive Program. Most recently, this took the form of a Trip for Marketing Faculty in August 2004. This program focused on the marketing, advertising, and retail sectors in Japan, China and Vietnam - specifically on how the U.S. can better market its products and services to these countries. The program started with background briefings from U.S. commercial attaches at each country, followed by site visits to marketing and advertising firms, retail outlets, and manufacturing plants.
The English Language Institute
The English Language Institute supports the Shidler College of Business Administration's Vietnam Executive MBA (VMBA) , an on-site program taught at the Hanoi School of Business Studies. The ELI, a long-standing unit at the University of Hawaii, provides instruction in English for Specific Purposes (ESP), which is usually in the area of English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
In connection with the VMBA program, they have modified existing courses to reflect an English for Business Purposes (EBP) perspective. The result was a two- course sequence, with the first course delivered entirely on-site in Hanoi, and the second taught partly on-site and partly online.
Planning and Urban Management
The University's Globalization Research Center was awarded a major Ford Foundation grant to partner with Ha Noi Architecture University in Viet Nam on the project “Improving Planning and Urban Management in an Era of Globalization.” The project will focus on research and training that supports urban development, management, and planning capacity building in Vietnam.
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene recently concluded a two-year project entitled "Enhancing the Capacity of Professional Nursing in Vietnam: Strengthening Nursing Education and Curriculum." The program provided medical faculty teaching nursing at the University of Hue, Vietnam with the opportunity to gain skills to improve their ability to teach nursing.
Six UHV faculty spent five weeks each at the University of Hawaii at Manoa observing the use of the nursing learning laboratory and shadowing UHM faculty in classroom and clinical courses. The visiting faculty were provided a program that familiarizes them with curriculum, teaching methods, student expectations and evaluation methods for both classroom and clinical teaching in nursing. In addition, the project provided the UHV nursing program with equipment to enhance teaching methods and assists in equipping the nursing learning skills laboratory. In spring of 2005, the project sponsored an International Nursing Education Conference in Hue, Vietnam in collaboration with UHV and UHM. In addition, the project began a relationship between UHV and UHM to foster student and faculty exchanges and future projects.
School of Travel Industry Management (TIM)
The University's School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) collaborated with Hue University - College of Economics to develop a Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism. TIM provided assistance in curriculum development and faculty exchange from September 2003 through June 2007.
In collaboration with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, and the Hue Tourism School and Hanoi Tourism School, TIM provided seminars and specialized workshops to assist tourism-related organizations and institutions to meet identified training and educational needs in planning, management and marketing. Seminars were designed for personnel from mid-management levels and higher in government, hotels, travel agencies, transportation organizations.
Minority Serving Institutions in the Viet Nam
Following a successful two year pilot project, the University of Hawaii applied for partial funding to carry out an extended program to address the dilemma of the lack of Asian Studies courses in Minority Serving Institutions.
This program made an array of academic opportunities accessible to students attending historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and in minority-serving higher education in general in the United States. Hawaii, with its major Asian resources, built a partnership with the 39 institutions currently represented by the United Negro College Fund and with four other major urban minority-serving universities to begin the task of making Asian Studies available at some level in the curricula of these schools.
In Summer 1999, 11 faculty members drawn from nine of Hawaii's MSI partner schools came to the UH campus for a week-long orientation at the Manoa campus. They then traveled to Viet Nam with the CSEAS Director where they attended lecture-discussions presented by Vietnamese colleagues. The group took field trips in the capital region, followed by a cross-country expedition to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon their return to the United States, the participants made audio-visual presentations, developed course modules, established web-resources on Southeast Asia at their home campuses, and read papers at professional meetings in their own fields. More than half of the 1999 participants participated in a panel, "Developing Asian Studies at HBCUs" at the spring 2000 Association for Asian Studies San Diego conference. CSEAS has maintained continuous communication with these participants, helping them to develop curricular material or seek further professional development opportunities on Asia.