Hieu Phung is a PhD candidate in the Department of History in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with a concentration in premodern history of Vietnam. Originally trained in Classical Chinese and the Vietnamese Nom script (a written language used prior to the 20th century), she has a long-term interest in the histories of Vietnam and China as well as the historical influence of China in East and Southeast Asia. Throughout the course of her PhD study, her research interests have expanded to include transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to history, such as world history and environmental history. She is now working on a dissertation entitled “Human Perception of the Environment in Vietnam, 1400-1800,” which examines how people understood the land that became modern Vietnam and how these understandings affected the way they interacted with the surroundings.
Besides doing research, Hieu also likes teaching and she believes that working with students is one of the best ways to develop knowledge. With four years of experience in teaching in a Vietnamese university before her doctoral study and three years of working as a Teaching Assistant in UHM from 2013 to 2016, she wants to work as a college professor after graduation.