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Kimberly Hoang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. She joined Boston College in 2013 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities at the Center for the Study of Women Gender and Sexuality and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and in 2012 she won the American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled, New Economies of Sex and Intimacy in Vietnam. Dr. Hoang is currently working on two book projects. The first book, Dealing in Desire: The Hidden Currencies in Vietnam's Global Sex Industry (forthcoming with the University of California Press), is a monograph that draws on 22 months of ethnographic research between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 where she worked as a bartender and hostess in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The book analyzes four different bars that cater to wealthy local Vietnamese men and their Asian business partners, overseas Vietnamese men living in the diaspora, Western businessmen, and Western budget travelers, to illustrate how the sex industry is central to Vietnam's economic development by helping to attract foreign direct investments, overseas remittances, and charity-money into the local economy. The second book project, Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions, is an edited collection commissioned by Open Society that she is the lead editor on with Professor Rhacel Parrenas. This volume expands the literature on human trafficking through the lens of migration and forced labor. A focus on forced labor avoids conflating trafficking with prostitution, and calls attention to the susceptibility of a wide range of migrant workers (agricultural, construction, factory, and domestic), to understand the structures and systems that render migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking. She is interested in the links between changing political economies and intimacy, globalization and transnationalism, and gender and migration. She has written and published academic journal articles, in Gender & Society, Sexualities and The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, as well as news articles for BBC on the global sex industry in Vietnam.


Christina Klein is Associate Professor of English at Boston College. She teaches American Studies, Film Studies, American Literature, and the literature and culture of America’s encounters with Asia. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her first book was entitled Cold War Orientalism: Asian in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961. She is currently writing a book about the globalization of U.S. and Asian film industries.


Ramsay Liem is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Boston College. His current work focuses on understanding contemporary legacies of significant historical events, such as the impact of the Korean War on Korean Americans today. Oral histories from this research have been incorporated into the multi-media exhibit, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War” ( He is also one of the co-producers of the documentary “Memory of Forgotten War” ( Liem also works on related issues outside the university with organizations devoted to Korean unificiation, Asian American media arts, and human rights and mental health issues.


Arissa Oh is Assistant Professor of History at Boston College. She has been at BC since 2010 after holding a fellowship in the Asian American Studies department at University of Illinois, and teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prof. Oh received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Chicago. Her book, Into the Arms of America: The Korean Origins of International Adoption, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2015. She is now beginning a study on marriage migration and immigration fraud in U.S. history. Her research and teaching interests include migration, gender, race, and family and kinship in 20th century U.S. history, as well as transnational Asian American history.


Min Hyoung Song is Professor of English at Boston College, where he also directs the English MA Program and the Asian America Studies Program. He teaches courses on Asian American literature, contemporary American fiction, critical theory, and American Studies. He is the author of The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American and Strange Future: Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. He is also the co-editor (with Jean Wu) of Asian American Studies: A Reader, and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is currently co-editing (with Rajini Srikanth) The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature and is the out-going editor of the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS). He received his Ph.D. in English and American literature from Tufts University. More information can be found at