Ly Thi Hai Tran (aka Hai Ly)

Ly Thi Hai Tran (perferred name Hai Ly) was previously a lecturer of English at the Banking Academy of Vietnam prior to her migration to the United States. She received a master’s degree in American Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany and a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, USA. Her research focuses on gender, migration, globalization, and the Vietnamese experience in the United States. Hai Ly joined UCSD’s Ethnic Studies Department as a lecturer in the Fall of 2021 and is currently writing a book manuscript – Globalization from Below: The Housewifization and Agency-Regaining of Vietnamese Trailing Wives in the United States - which examines how the U.S. gendered and racialized visa regime and the permeation of colonialist attitude in American society influenced the experiences of highly skilled Vietnamese migrants and their trailing spouses. Besides working as a lecturer at UCSD, Hai Ly is a public health advocate for Community Action Service and Advocacy (CASA), a non-profit organization which works to empower individuals and create safe and healthy neighborhoods in San Diego. 


Tran, Ly Thi Hai. ““Outsiders No More?’ The Discourse of Political Incorporation of Vietnamese Refugees in the United States (1975-2020).” Journal of Asian American Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, 2020, pp. 229-264.