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.


Jemuel Jr. B. Garcia ( is an interdisciplinary storyteller, movement educator, and Ph.D. student in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is a recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award and a 2016 Fellow of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program sponsored by the US Department of State and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation. He finished his Master’s degree in Physical Education (dance stream) at West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Philippines (2014); and graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, double majoring in sports and dance, in the same university (2009). He has worked with dance majors, indigenous communities, grassroots artists and community based dance educators in his hopes to encourage everyone in doing their part to preserve, nurture and enrich the dance culture and traditions of the Philippine archipelago to which his research and previous publications were also anchored.


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.