Hang Ngo is a recipient of the Academic Year 2019-2020 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. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I am a Master’s of Public Health student in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program. My research interests include the health risks of climate change and the health of migrants, particularly in Vietnam and Asia. This past summer I was able to work on a research project in Vietnam, which examines how migration to Ho Chi Minh City influenced the health of migrants and the role of climate and weather variability in the migration decision and health status of migrants. The FLAS fellowship is crucial to my research. It enhanced my Vietnamese language skills, allowing me to analyze and translate interview transcripts. It also gave me the time and resources to focus on my research project and advance my knowledge of both climate change and health issues, and policy through area studies coursework. The knowledge and language skills gained from FLAS will definitely be useful in my future career and research.