Yen Le

Ms Yen Le

PhD,

20162020

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Biography

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen completed her PhD in Anthropology at the ANU and is currently a Lecturer at School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia Pacific, ANU.

Yen is a medical anthropologist with research interest in stigmatised conditions, disabilities, chronic diseases, food, alternative diet, the environment and health.

Yen’s research interest in living with chronic conditions in Vietnam inspires her new projects on food, the environment and health. Talking to people living with non-communicable diseases in Vietnam made Yen realise how acutely aware people are of the relation between health, food safety and environmental contamination.

In recent years, Yen thinks a lot more about the environment. When not teaching, Yen will be talking with farmers, teachers, business owners, health professionals, environmental activists, monks and nuns and the local youth etc. about climate change, environmental issues and health, in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) and the Indian Himalayas.

Her previous research on living with leprosy in Vietnam has won The J.G. Crawford Prize for the Best PhD thesis at the Australian National University (2016); The Peter Kong-ming New Research Award, from The Society for Applied Anthropology (USA) (2016); Asian Studies Association of Australia President’s Prize (2nd place) for the Best PhD thesis on Asian Studies (2016); Best Graduate Student Paper in Vietnamese Studies, awarded by Association of Asian Studies (USA) (2015), and Sir Raymond Firth Prize from Department of Anthropology, College of Asia Pacific, The Australian National University (2014).

Yen has worked in top research universities in Vietnam, Japan and Australia. She has also advised major public health projects in Vietnam.

Before coming back to the ANU as a lecturer, Yen was a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral research fellow at the Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. 

 

 

Qualifications

PhD (ANU, Anthropology)

 

Researcher's projects

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. "Anthropogenic illness and natural harmony: Redefining health and nature relation in modern Vietnam". Anthropology Today (forthcoming 2024)

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. “Eat, pray, heal? – Prescribing macrobiotic foods in a Vietnamese temple”. In Special issue “Food charities in Vietnam”, The Asia Pacific Journal – Japan focus (forthcoming 2024).

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. “Epilogue – New directions for research on food, culture and society in Vietnam”. In Special issue “Food charities in Vietnam”, The Asia Pacific Journal – Japan focus (forthcoming 2024).

Le Hoang Anh Thu & Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. 2023. “Life in numbers: The underground lottery game in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)”. Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 38(2): 168-194.

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. 2023. “ベトナムにおけるキリスト医療慈善団体”(“Christian medical charity in Vietnam”) (in Japanese). In 現代ベトナムを知るための63章, edited by Iwai Misaki, 216-220, Tokyo: Akashi Shoten.

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen & Le Hoang Anh Thu. 2021. “The “macrobiotics friends association”: nurturing life amidst chronic disease in Vietnam”. In special issue “Chronic living: ethnographic explorations of daily lives swayed by (multiple) medical conditions”, edited by Ayo Walhberg, Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology.

“Living Leprosy in Vietnam: Care, affliction and agency under the shadows of a cure”

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. 2020. “Leprosy, impurity and stigma in Vietnam”, Medicine Anthropology Theory7 (2): 175-186.

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. 2018. “The nuns of lepers: Compassion, discipline and surrogate parenthood in a former leper colony of Vietnam”, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 19(4): 350-366. https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2018.1480652

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. 2018. “Once bodies remember: Lived experience, the body and citizenship under post-1975 Vietnam’s state leprosy care”, Journal of Vietnamese Studies13(4): 48-70. https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2018.13.4.48

Le, Yen. 2016. “Here Everyone is Like Everyone Else!’ – Intimate Exile and Re-emplacement in a Vietnamese Leprosy Village”. In Connected and Disconnected in Vietnam, edited by Philip Taylor, 141 – 172, Canberra: The Australian National University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/CDVN.03.2016

Le Hoang, Ngoc Yen. 2015. Living Leprosy in Vietnam: Care, Affliction and Agency in the Shadows of a Cure. Ph.D. Dissertation. The Australian National University. 

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen. 2018. “Fieldnotes from Bhutan: Reflections on healing and care at the late stage of life”. 42nd Southeast Asia Seminar Proceedings. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. 

Selected conference papers

Nurturing foods: Prescribing macrobiotics in a Buddhist temple in Vietnam”, at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Honolulu, 24-27 Mar 2022.

Roundtable "The unheard voices of language & culture research and education" in CHL Flagship "Identity & Ways of knowing", ANU, 2021.

Representations of foods in Vietnamese language”, at “Food in Language Education” CHL Flagship seminar, ANU, 30th Oct 2020. 

Voices from the margin: Macrobiotics and nurturing life in Southern Vietnam”, at the SEASIA Biennual Conference, Taipei, 5-7 Dec 2019.

Opportunities and challenges for Vietnamese studies program”, at the “New directions in language education” symposium, ANU, 5-7 Sep 2019.

 An Incomplete Cure: The limits of medical normalization” (Peter K. New awarded paper), invited talk at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, 29th March – 2nd Apr 2016, Vancouver, Canada.

Spoiled bodies, resurging power: Contestation of a lesser identity”, at the Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference 2015 at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

“‘Here Everyone is Like Everyone Else!’ – Intimate Exile and Re-emplacement in a Vietnamese Leprosy Village”, at Vietnam Update Conference 2014 at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Squeamish in the city: Bodies, Stigma and Agency among Leprosy-affected beggars in Vietnam”, at the Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference 2013 at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Squeamish in the city: Bodies, Stigma and Agency among Leprosy-affected beggars in Vietnam”, at the 8th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2013.

Christian care for leprosy patients in a leper colony in Vietnam (1955-1975)”, at the 6th Conference of the Asian Society for History of Medicine, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, 2012.

After leprosy: Illness, stigma and community in a former leper colony in Vietnam”, at the Australian Anthropological Society annual conference 2012 at Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia.

Vietnam’s mail-order brides: stories from O Mon District, Can Tho”, at the Association for Asian Studies annual conference 2009, Chicago, USA.

The impacts of Vietnam’s labour export on sending communities: Case Study of Thai My Village, Cu Chi District”, at Vietnam Update Conference 2008 at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Vietnam’s mail-order brides”, at the Women’s WorldCongress, Madrid, Spain, July 2008.

 

 

Expertise Areas

  • PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES
  • ANTHROPOLOGY
  • LANGUAGE STUDIES

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