Violette Hoàng-Phương Hồ ( is currently pursuing a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California Riverside. Violette received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, along with College Honors and Departmental Honors. As a Lemelson Undergraduate Scholar at UCLA, she conducted fieldwork on college decisions among young women in Southern Vietnam. Her current research focuses on gender, education, globalization, (post)socialism, state power, nationalism, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia. She also works on English-Vietnamese translation of History and Anthropology texts.



Magnolia Yang Sao Yia ( is a dancer, choreographer, and PhD student in Critical Dance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Yang Sao Yia graduated with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Through the support of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, she will be researching Hmong dance at UCR. Yang Sao Yia works at the intersection of social justice, dance, and healing, fostered by dance scholar, Dr. Ananya Chatterjea. Her research interests include: identity formation, Hmong American studies and diaspora, contemporary dance, decoloniality, mobility, female agency, gender and sexuality, nostalgia, and memory.



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.