Monday, October 3, 2016

HPU Professors to Participate: 'Engaging with Vietnam' Conference

Pierre Asselin, Ph.D.
HPU professors Pierre Asselin, Ph.D. (History), Marc Gilbert, Ph.D. (History), and Hanh Nguyen, Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics), will be presenting and participating in an interdisciplinary conference in Honolulu, "Engaging with Vietnam through Scholarship and the Arts." The conference including its pre- and post-activities takes place from the Oct. 4 to 10, 2016, and the organizers have waived registration to colleagues and students from HPU, who are interested in attending.
Hanh Nguyen, Ph.D.

The conference is sponsored by several agencies, including the East-West Center.

The main conference days are the Oct. 6 and 7 and the venue is the Campus Center at UH Manoa. The official websites are and

Marc Gilbert, Ph.D.
The conference program is available on the conference website:

The conference will also present a free and open to the public concert in the evening of Oct. 6.  The concert will feature a world-class Vietnamese musician/vocalist, and you will surely enjoy his performances. The concert details follow:

Time: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Location: Orvis Auditorium, 2411 Dole Street

Theme: Featuring Vietnamese world-class Ngô Hồng Quang and friends, in conversation with Hawaiʻi’s and UH’s Aloha in Music and Dance

Ngô Hồng Quang is a Vietnamese traditional musician from Vietnam, trained in both Vietnam and the Netherlands. He is presently based in Den Haag. His multiple talents can be heard on vocals, including multiphonics & harmonic; Dan Nhi, two-string fiddle, Dan Bau or mono chord, a unique Vietnamese one-string instrument played with bent harmonics with a very vocal haunting sound, instruments from the ethnic minorities from Vietnam like dan K'ny, fiddle with vocal resonator (like an acoustic vocoder); Dan Moi or Jews Harp (with which he delivers sounds that listeners could never imagine possible on such small & simple instrument). Ngo Hong Quang is a great traditional musician from today, who has learned, carried and embodied Vietnamese music traditions at its best, and he is young, starving to open and share his musical journey and learning with the world.

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