College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Xuan Nguyen

Ph.D., Washington State University

Dynamic Issues in Multiple Identities of Vietnamese Americans in Race, Gender and Sexuality

Xuan Truong (Sue Ann) Thi Nguyen completed her Ph.D. in American Studies in May 2011, an adjunct instructor in Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies at Washington State University.  Her current instructorship involves teaching introduction courses in Comparative Ethnic Studies and she has experience in teaching Asian American Studies and Distance Learning in Women’s Studies.  Her work adds to the developing interdisciplinary scholarship in Sociology, History and Asian American Studies.  Her research/interest areas in a broad sense include digital diversity; cultural aspects of multimedia and web technologies; adaptations to technology by men, women and low-income minority communities; Vietnamese American refugees and immigrants; and the Vietnamese diaspora.  These specific research goals are based on one general idea:  gaining deep insights into the struggles of Vietnamese Americans through oral history interview methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Her dissertation presents a comprehensive study of Vietnamese American refugee and immigrant families concerning the interaction of race, gender, and class with linguistic, cultural, and technological challenges. She examines these complex relationships between Vietnamese American students, their parents, and teachers in public school in the greater Seattle area.

Nguyen created interactive websites offering an understanding about dynamic issues in multiple identities of Vietnamese Americans including adoptees, homosexual, and Vietnamese Amerasians in dealing with race, gender, and sexuality.  While receiving positive feedback and admiration from online readers, this project allows her to think about different ways a website can be used to discuss the complexity of Vietnamese American identities, cultural and economic resources for Vietnamese refugee and immigrant youth, as well as for young Vietnamese Americans to remember their roots.  More detailed information on her research interests, current work and research experience is available at her website:

Contact Dr. Nguyen
Wilson-Short 114

Office Hours

Monday 12:20pm-1:20pm
or by appointment

Course Materials

Summer 2013
Past Courses


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