Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Jack Harris and his wife, Deborah, recently returned to campus after spending five weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as part of the American Council of ASIANetwork’s Learned Societies/Center for Educational Exchange, which links faculty at Vietnam’s Colleges of Social Science and Humanities with their counterparts at liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
While there, the Harrises interviewed Vietnamese men and women as part of a research project on marriage and male privilege. Harris also made several presentations to university faculty and students on his research and on teaching about Vietnam.
In addition, the Harrises sponsored a lecture and concert on Vietnamese music by Dr. Phong Nguyen, a world heritage musician and friend of HWS.
Nguyen, a 1997 National Heritage Fellow and one of the world's leading guardians of the traditional and folk music of Vietnam, was part of a symposium in February 2002 on the HWS campus. In 2005, he donated more than 600 field recordings of Vietnamese music to these Colleges.
The exchange was what brought Dr. Tran Thi Phuong Phuong, a member the faculty of the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, to the HWS campus a year ago.
An author of published works on Tolstoy, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky and on Russian literature, she spent all of one academic year and part of a second as a visiting fellow at Harvard University.
Harris will present his preliminary research findings on Vietnamese Male Hegemony at the American Men’s Studies Association meetings next month in Kansas City, Mo.