Vietnam In Food

My trip to Vietnam has long been over, but I’ve clearly been behind on my blogs about the trip. A lot’s happened in the meantime: I managed to finish and file my dissertation and I am now officially a PhD (the process was grueling, and I’ll try to write a post that specifically addresses that…

Ho Chi Minh City

It’s been a longer break than originally planned from my last blog entry to this one, which demonstrates my natural tendencies when it comes to blogging. Rest assured, I have made it safely to Saigon, Ong Xa has made it back to the cooler climes of Santa Barbara, and am now happily settled at my maternal…

Hanoi, Day 2

Our time in Hanoi is coming to an end, and I have less than an hour before we get picked up to head to the airport for the next leg of our trip in Saigon (technically Ho Chi Minh City). I’d been warned by everyone I know (granted, all people from South Vietnam) that Northerners…

LAX-> TPE -> HAN

Greetings from Hanoi! This is my first time really traveling abroad since I started grad school in 2008. Sadly, my poor income as a teaching or research assistant do not provide much leisure time or money for foreign travel, which is a little sad for someone working on global media and global cities! Thus, the only…

Vietnam, Here I come!!!

Just a tiny, itty bitty post to share with you all that I’ll be in Vietnam for the next four weeks. It’ll be a combined visiting family/research trip to flesh out my last dissertation chapter, “Host: Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon,” which uses biopower and biopolitics as a lens to examine the cultural texts of the…