Welcome to my page!
I'm a graduate student in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My research topic is 2nd-year Vietnamese heritage language learners. I've been gathering data and working on this topic for almost 5 years. I've earned a Master's degree in Asian Studies focused on Viet Nam, as well as a Master's degree in Second Language Studies focused on language teaching, both from UH Manoa.
I'm also a student assistant at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. At the Center, one of my responsiblities is to keep the Mac computers up to date. I also spend my work time subtitling Vietnamese films, which are then shown for the Center's Wednesday night movies.
Finally, I would probably be described as a language-learning nut. When I was 24, I worked in an environment where I was suddenly exposed to many different languages, where I flourished at learning. Since that time I've continually studied foreign languages formally. I started with Japanese, then Chinese, and I dabbled with both Italian and Latin. That was all before I came to Hawaii. After getting to the University of Hawaii, I continued Japanese and started Vietnamese. I also dabbled in both Hawaiian and Arabic. For the last 3 or 4 years, I've been learning Thai.