Schedule of Readings

JULY 3-9:

Article “The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter To My Refugee Mom”: 

NPR article on Project Renew’s work to teach children to avoid undetonated mines leftover from the war: 

Article on millions of fish washing up on Vietnam’s coast:

Read “Show and Tell” from Andrew Lam’s Birds of Paradise Lost 

JULY 10-16:

The History of Pho:

Convenience Craze: How Corporate Chains Are Creating New Space for Civic Life:

Americans Try Vietnamese Street Foods (Buzzfeed Video):,-don-t-eat-it-correctly

“A Facebook friend request brought my mom back to Vietnam after 35 years”:

Read “Hunger” and “Slingshot” in Andrew Lam’s Birds of Paradise Lost

JULY 17-21:

**NEWLY ADDED**:  Monday, July 18, 8:30-11:00 AM.  SPECIAL CLASS: ACADEMIC EXCHANGE  with Van Lang University’s Professor Tran Thi My Dieu (Dean of Department of Environmental Technology and Management, Van Lang University, 45 Nguyen Khac Nhu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City)

PRIORITY READING (Read the entire main text; you do not need to read all the links, but do do some internet research on the impact of  El Nino storms on the U.S. in preparation for dialoguing about the environmental impact of El Nino on Asia/Vietnam and the U.S.)  You will be discussing this article with Van Lang U. Environmental Technology and Management students :

Agenda for the Van Lang University Academic Exchange:



Selected topic: El Niño in Asia

Date: 18th July 2016, at Van Lang University


Time Content Presenter Activities
8:30 – 9:00 Introduction
About De Anza College Representative of De Anza College
About Department of Environmental Technology and Management – Van Lang University Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu
Introduction about the purpose of the academic exchange De Anza College
Introduction about the content and expected results of this academic exchange Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu
9:00 – 9:10 Group photo
9:10 – 9:25 Individual introduction Students are asked to give a short introduction (name, age and specific field, etc).
9:25 – 9:30 Watch a short video clip about El Nino
9:30 – 10:00 Discuss the first topic “Your understanding of El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and El Niño?” Discuss together
10:00 – 10:05 Lecturer will summarize and give a conclusion for topic 1 De Anza College
10:05 – 10:45 Discuss the second topic “The impacts of El Niño on your country and adaption solution?” –  Group work (5 students for 1 group) and nominate 1 leader for each group;

–  Every student in each group has to list individual idea;

–  Individual idea and overall idea will be presented on A0 paper;

–  Leader will present the final result.

10:45 – 10:55 Lecturers will explain and give a conclusion for second topic De Anza College and Van Lang University
10:55 – 11:00 Sharing feelings about this academic exchange 1 representative student from De Anza College and 1 representative student from Van Lang University


Other Readings For This Week:

Legacies of War: 40 years later, soldiers’ children are left behind:

Vietnamese Millenials’ Perspective on Vietnam War:

Read “Birds of Paradise Lost” in Andrew Lam’s Birds of Paradise Lost

Additional articles of interest:

Pulitzer Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on the US, Vietnam, and Why History Can’t Be Erased: