Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

Director, National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS)

An award-winning researcher, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen held two major Australian Research Council Fellowships between 2005 and 2015: an ARC Future Fellowship (2011-15) for her project on Vietnamese veterans; and an ARC Australian Research Fellowship (2005-10) for her project on Vietnamese women of the diaspora. She was also the recipient of a 2007 Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia and a 2011 Visiting Research Fellowship at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Nathalie’s work deals with memory, war and migration. Her research focuses on the Vietnamese diaspora and the experiences of refugees. A graduate of the University of Oxford, she is the author of four books, two of which have been translated into other languages.

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Her latest book South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After (Praeger, March 2016) breaks new ground by shedding light on an essentially unexplored aspect of the Vietnam War: the histories of the men – and women – who served in the former Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces. It was launched at the Multicultural Hub, Drill Hall in Melbourne on 9 May 2016, at Boston College, USA, on 29 September 2016, and the University of California, Berkeley, USA, on 18 October 2016. It will be launched at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 7 March 2017.

“Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen has made a major contribution not only to the history of the Vietnam War but also to the history of wars and their aftermath.” Peter Edwards, Official Historian of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975

In a powerful and eloquent book, Nguyen rewrites the South Vietnamese back into their own history and gives them back their voices. This is an important and overdue treatment of the missing dimension of the Vietnam War.” Jeffrey Grey, Professor of History, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Book Review of South Vietnamese Soldiers in Australian Outlook (Australian Institute of International Affairs)

Book Review of South Vietnamese Soldiers in The Strategist

“Nguyen’s remarkable achievement is her ability to allow the veterans to speak for themselves in this groundbreaking study from that tragic conflict. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” – Choice


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Nathalie’s published works include: Memory Is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora, 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, published in France in 2013; Voyage of Hope: Vietnamese Australian Women’s Narratives, shortlisted for the 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and Vietnamese Voices: Gender and Cultural Identity in the Vietnamese Francophone Novel, which was nominated for four international awards including the Kiriyama Prize.

She is editor of New Perceptions of the Vietnam War: Essays on the War, the South Vietnamese Experience, the Diaspora and the Continuing Impact (McFarland, 2015), and guest edited special issues of the journals Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (2008) and Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (2009).

“Vietnam’s Forgotten Soldiers” on ABC International

Article “A Home for Exiled Memories” in Monash Magazine

Recent Awards

2015 Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her article “Memory in the Aftermath of War: Australian Responses to the Vietnamese Refugee Crisis of 1975

ARC Future Fellowship (2011-15) of $706,299 awarded for her project “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia”

ARC Australian Research Fellowship (2005-10) of $578,252 awarded for her project “Vietnamese Women: Voices and Narratives of the Diaspora”

2011 Visiting Research Fellowship at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford awarded for her project “Vietnamese Refugees: Memory, Narrative and the Diaspora”

2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2007 Harold White Fellowship of $10,200 awarded at the National Library of Australia for her project “Vietnamese Refugees: Perspectives and Perceptions”

2007 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in the Community Relations Commission Award category – Shortlisted