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In this menu, you will find a wide range of UH-Mānoa related and other online resources or educational modules for community members interested in Southeast Asia. Resource descriptions and links may be viewed by clicking on the UH-Mānoa Related & Online Resources header.

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Learn more about studying Vietnamese at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.

Learn more about opportunities to study abroad in Viet Nam for students studying Vietnamese at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. Students may also arrange an independent study abroad program in Viet Nam through the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa Study Abroad Center.

Funding is also available for undergraduates wishing to conduct research broad in Viet Nam through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.

The University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business has partnered with the International University (Ho Chi Minh City) and the Foreign Trade University (Hanoi) to deliver its first-rate Vietnam Executive MBA program that will train, guide, and prepare Vietnam’s top executives who want to elevate their management skills. This 21-month, executive format program allows participants living in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to maintain full-time management positions while earning their degree. Students will learn from an integrated, modern curriculum that incorporates core business disciplines with cutting-edge business practices including: management of information technologies, entrepreneurship, e-business and Asia-Pacific global business strategy. All classes will be held in Vietnam, with an optional summer study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

CSEAS affiliated faculty member Liam Kelley of the History Department has just launched Viet Texts, a web page that contains translations of the following three important sources for early Vietnamese history:

  • The Outer Annals (Ngoại kỷ) of the Complete Book of the Historical Records of Đại Việt (Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư)
  • The Prefatory Compilation (Tiền biên) of the Imperially Commissioned Itemized Summaries of the Comprehensive Mirror of Việt History (Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mục)
  • The Arrayed Tales of Selected Oddities from South of the Passes (Lính Nam chích quái liệt truyện)

The translation of the first two texts above was made possible through the generous support of a translation grant from the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History. The input of the Chinese text for those two sources was supported by a National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.


The Engaging with Vietnam conference was founded in 2009 by Dr Phan Le Ha who was at that time lecturing in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. The Initiative received strong support from the University, particularly from Professor Stephanie Fahey, the then Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement). This Initiative has brought together scholars, researchers, policy makers, diplomatic officials and the general public to collaboratively engage with knowledge production and scholarship building related to Vietnam. Annual scholarly conferences are a major part of the Initiative. In 2015, the 7th annual conference will be held in Hanoi, Viet Nam from July 7 - 8 in conjunction with the first Vietnam-U.S. Higher Education Forum.

Phan Le Ha is now a Professor of Education at the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), USA, and UH-M has become the new home for Engaging with Vietnam.

Endangered Archive Programme: Digitisation of the endangered Cham manuscripts in Vietnam

Endangered Archives Programme: Digitisation of the endangered Cham manuscripts in Vietnam

An important cultural group within Vietnam, the Cham once had their own kingdom called Champa, which lasted from the 7th century to 1832. There are about 162,000 Cham people living in Vietnam today, concentrated in Central Vietnam and the Mekong Delta region.

Endangered Archive Programme: Digitisation of the endangered Cham manuscripts in Vietnam

MSU Vietnam Group Archive

The project digitized about 80,000 pages of documents (including many from the personal papers of Wesley Fishel) as well as photographs and video recordings - all are now freely available through the digital archive. The documents have also been merged into Texas Tech’s Vietnam archive, so they will come up in searches of that database as well. The materials are very rich on South Vietnam in the late 50s and early 60s - we encourage everybody to have a look.