Alvin Bui is a recipient of the Summer 2020 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Click here to learn more.
Alvin Bui is a Ph.D. student of modern Southeast and East Asian History in the Department of History. His paper titled, “Brotherly Fellowship and Sister Cities: The Role and Impact of the Hoa on Diplomatic Interactions between the Republics of Vietnam and China, 1955-1975,” received the 2020 Thomas M. Power Endowed Prize Fund for Excellence in History for Graduate Research Papers.
Studying Chinese under the auspices of a Summer FLAS from the Center for Global Studies and an Academic Year FLAS from the East Asia Center is essential to helping him contextualize the experiences of the ethnic Chinese in the Republic of Vietnam to their interactions with both the R.V.N. state and the Republic of China/Taiwan. He spent the majority of his post-baccalaureate life living and working in various roles in Vietnam.