Hai Nguyen

Hai Nguyen

Senior Researcher, Vietnam Program
Development of modern Vietman War studies curriculum and digital archives
The non-fiction writer, filmmaker, journalist, and scholar Hai Nguyen, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher with the Vietnam Program at the Ash Center. Prior to coming to the Ash Center, Hai wrote and directed televised documentary films across Vietnam and other Southeast Asian, European and Central Asian countries. He is the author of Man Who Tends the Waves, Winging to the Mild Zone, Gesar Blossoms Dropping in the Tibet Sunshine, and The Wild Shakyamuni Land. His work has appeared in US publications, both literary and historical, including the Literary Review, Vietnam Inside-Out: Dialogues, The 91st Meridian. In translation, he appeared in Three Vietnamese Poets and Deluge. He studied journalism in the Netherlands and was named a U.S. State Department’s Cultural Affairs Fellow, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, a Poynter Fellow at Yale University, to the Artists Residency Program of the State Department, and as Grand Division scholar at William Joiner Center of the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has written for the upcoming three-volume Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, The New York Times, and presented at the Society for Military History, the Association for Asia Studies, Yale University, the Oral History Association, Columbia University, and the Institute for Peace & Conflict. His dissertation “The Hidden Memory of the Vietnam War: Examining the Motivations of Soldiers on the Battlefields,” pioneers in examining the memories, perceptions, and challenges of combat soldiers from multiple viewpoints: members of the National Liberation Front, People’s Army of Vietnam, Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam, and U.S. and allied forces in many branches of service. His uncensored oral history project, Memory of Conflict: A New Past of the Vietnam War was sponsored by the First Division Museum McCormick Research Center at Cantigny, Illinois. He was awarded 2018-2020 grants from the Luce Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop a modern Vietnam War Studies curriculum and digital archives while at the Ash Center. Hai Nguyen received his Ph.D. degree in History from Texas Tech University.