My Dang


I am a rising senior pursuing an ScB. in Human Biology with a focus on Global Health. After spending my childhood in a small German town, I finally left home to go to an international school in Wales for 2 years, and then somehow ended up in Providence, Rhode Island. It was at Brown that first I met and befriended other second-generation Vietnamese immigrants. As a Royce Fellow this summer, I will be investigating public and personal knowledge of the Vietnam War in both North and South Vietnam. I hope to understand how this knowledge shapes various perceptions of Vietnamese identity at home and abroad. On a personal level, I am also excited to learn more about my own family’s history.

Aside from asking questions about cultural identity, I also like to kick things with Brown Taekwondo in my free time. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school in Germany.

Stories by this author

  • | June 27th, 2012
    Aunt Bao’s house is located right next to a small street market, and I usually go out for breakfast. Sometimes it’s take-home sticky rice, but this time, Cousin Tien and I treat ourselves to Phở – the famous Vietnamese rice noodle soup. The noodles...
  • | June 6th, 2012
    Two days after I arrive, Aunt Bao drives me to visit my grandmother just outside of Hanoi. “Ba Ngoai”, as I call her, means “maternal grandmother.” The Vietnamese language is very specific in stating kinship and relationships. The way I say “aunt”...
  • | June 4th, 2012
    The first thing that hits me stepping off the plane is the humidity. I was prepared for the heat, but the moisture makes it unbearable, creating an uncomfortable stickiness on my skin. The water-filled air slows down my breathing and movements;...