at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Vietnamese Ethnobotany: New understandings of Refugees, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the Iron Triangle


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April 1, 12:00 p.m., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)
Presented by Dr. My Lien Thi Nguyen, University of Hawaii

Hearing the words “refugees,” “the Ho Chi Minh Trail,” or “the Iron Triangle” in the context of Viet Nam may create a miasma of images for a listener, perhaps evoking the terrible depictions of war on American television news. Rarely, however, are those phrases understood fully in relation to the history of Viet Nam. This presentation about three research projects in Viet Nam will create new images and a better understanding of those words and further cultivate that understanding through an exploration of ethnobotany and conservation in that country.


The discussant, My Lien Thi Nguyen, received a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Hawai′i at Mānoa. Dr. Nguyen has conducted ethnobotanical research in her hometown of Bien Hoa, Viet Nam, as well as in collaboration with Vietnamese scientists in the northern, central and southern regions of Viet Nam. Her presentation will introduce three of these projects and the scientists.

This Speaker Series is co-presented by the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii and the students of Botany 498 (Mekong Ethnobotany).