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Research and Study Group on Vietnamese Social and Economic Reform

The Center will be sponsoring a research and study group on Vietnamese Social and Economic Reform convened by Le Anh Tu Packard. For further information click here.

Vietnamese Language Studies at Temple

Professor Tony Chu (Chu Manh Hung) of Temple's Center for Critical Languages attended the GUAVA Annual Meeting and Technological Training Workshop at San Diego State University, August 12 to 13. GUAVA stands for The Group of Universities for the Advancement of Vietnamese Abroad. One of GUAVA's activities is the Vietnamese Advanced Summer Institute Program, for Vietnamese language study in Vietnam.

Professor Chu began teaching at Temple in the fall of 2005. He decided to offer his services to Temple out of love for his native language. He is also Professor of Management at West Chester University. His major academic interest is in small business development and entrepreneurship. He is working on a book devoted to Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries. He can be contacted by e-mail at

Professor Nguyen Van Trung visits Temple

On December 5, 2006, the former Dean of the Faculty of Letters of Saigon University, Professor Nguyen Van Trung, spoke at Temple's Center for the Humanities. His topic was Bringing Vietnamese Literary Thought onto the World Stage: Existentialism and Culture in Vietnam. Educated in France and Belgium, Professor Trung was formerly the Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Hue. He now lives in Montreal.

Donation of Books by family of Edward A. Cole

Professor Edward A. (Ted) Cole collected books on the Vietnam War for over 30 years. Ted taught biology at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts, and never served in Vietnam, but he believed that in one way or another, all Americans who lived through those years are veterans of Vietnam. In 2005 his widow, Patricia Cole, donated Ted's collection to Temple University and the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society. Many of his books have been placed in the Center's office and reading room on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall. Starting in the fall of 2006, the reading room will be open to students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


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