PhanJustin-SEASJustin Quang Nguyên Phan ( is currently pursuing an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. Prior to his time here, he attended UC Davis where he completed his B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian American Studies, and Sociology. His current research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, colonialism, nationalism, and war through a close examination of fashion and clothing cultures within Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora.


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Christopher Porter ( completed his B.S. at Southern Utah University in Political Science with an accompanying Certificate of International Relations. There he wrote his undergraduate senior thesis on the Philippine-Mindanao Conflict. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies here at UCR. His research focuses on how Filipino and elementary education are used as a means of perpetuating nationalism and suppressing regional languages and cultures. His research primarily focuses on the Negros Island Region of the Philippines.